5 places that are nearly impossible to visit

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

Credit: Barry King

Credit: Barry King

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

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Credit: Eye Ubiquitous

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

Credit: FOTIS FILARGYROPOULOS

Credit: FOTIS FILARGYROPOULOS

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

Credit: Reza

Credit: Reza

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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