5 places that are nearly impossible to visit

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Eruption of Surtsey (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

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You can try, but you’ll need a little skill and a lot of luck to visit these five places:

Surtsey, Iceland

This island was created in the 1960s by earthquakes. Only scientists studying Surtsey’s unique flora and fauna are allowed to visit.

Area 51, Nevada, United States

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Sign at Area 51 (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)

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This highly classified base has led Americans to speculate on proof of extraterrestrial life. The highway near Area 51 has become a haven for UFO enthusiasts.

St. Catherine’s Monastery, Egypt

Egypt, Sinai, St Catherine’s Monastery, St Catherine's Greek Orthodox Monastery on Mount Sinai dating from 337 AD. (Photo by: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images)
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Egypt, Sinai, St Catherine’s Monastery, St Catherine's Greek Orthodox Monastery on Mount Sinai dating from 337 AD. (Photo by: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images)

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St. Catherine’s was founded in the sixth century. According to legend, Moses spoke to God in the form of a burning bush at the site of its chapel.

The monastery was closed to visitors after a policeman was killed there in 2017.

Mount Athos, Greece

CHALKIDIKI, GREECE:  A file picture from 04 March 2004 shows the fire burning in the 12th century Serb orthodox Hilandari monastery in the northern Greek, all-male monk community of Mount Athos in Chalkidiki. Visiting Greece Serbian Prime Minister Voijslav  Kostunica will travel to the monastic community of Mount Athos on Tuesday, where he is scheduled to visit the Serbian monastery of Hilandari.The 12th-century monastery was seriously damaged by fire last year, but is currently undergoing repairs which Greece is helping fund, Kostunica said. AFP PHOTO /FILES/Fotis Filargyropoulos  (Photo credit should read FOTIS FILARGYROPOULOS/AFP/Getty Images)
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CHALKIDIKI, GREECE: A file picture from 04 March 2004 shows the fire burning in the 12th century Serb orthodox Hilandari monastery in the northern Greek, all-male monk community of Mount Athos in Chalkidiki. Visiting Greece Serbian Prime Minister Voijslav Kostunica will travel to the monastic community of Mount Athos on Tuesday, where he is scheduled to visit the Serbian monastery of Hilandari.The 12th-century monastery was seriously damaged by fire last year, but is currently undergoing repairs which Greece is helping fund, Kostunica said. AFP PHOTO /FILES/Fotis Filargyropoulos (Photo credit should read FOTIS FILARGYROPOULOS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Select male visitors are permitted to visit this site, where Eastern Orthodox monks have lived for centuries. But women are never allowed inside.

Leptis Magna, Libya

LEPTIS MAGNA, LIBYA - MAY 2000:  Tourists walk up steps of the theater's tiered seating area (cavea), which provides views of the expansive city ruins of Leptis Magna, the largest city of the ancient region of Tripolitania, May 2000 in Leptis Magna, Libya. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, Leptis contains some of the world's finest preserved remains of Roman architecture. (Photo by Reza/Getty Images)
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LEPTIS MAGNA, LIBYA - MAY 2000: Tourists walk up steps of the theater's tiered seating area (cavea), which provides views of the expansive city ruins of Leptis Magna, the largest city of the ancient region of Tripolitania, May 2000 in Leptis Magna, Libya. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, Leptis contains some of the world's finest preserved remains of Roman architecture. (Photo by Reza/Getty Images)

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Sadly, turmoil in the region makes it difficult to visit Leptis Magna, which was founded by Phoenicians in the seventh century.

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