Recently on the internet, there has been a ton of interest and buzz for urban exploration. This is when people will travel to deserted and abandoned location and either take pictures and/or film their journey and post it online, where others love to read it. Normally it is places like old homes or buildings, but the subjects of this article had their sights set on a deserted shack. The shed was located in the middle of the woods, but they had no idea what they would find inside the shack and had no idea how much it would change their lives.
#15 Meet Lana Sator
Lana Sator is a Russian blogger and explorer. She was called upon her friend to go out in the woods and search through the deserted shack. While she and her friend felt like brave explorers, nothing would prepare themselves for what they would see in the shack on their journey.
#14 A Very Large Hole
Her friend had told her that the shack was built over a giant hole in the wall. However, he didn’t mention that the hole was extremely deep and even had a ladder that led down into it. Being an explorer at heart, Lana knew she had to check it out without a doubt. But what she found in the shack will shock you…
#13 The Shed Was Seemingly Abandoned
The place where the shed was located was seemingly abandoned, as it was fairly in the middle of nowhere. It was located out in the area of Russia right by the Finnish border, called the Republic of Karelia. This area is sparsely populated and thus there are not many people nearby.
#12 She Was No Stranger to This
And while this deep dark hole in the shed would scare some people, not Lana. She has a lot of experience in dealing with dark and frightening places. She has traveled all over Russia as an urban explorer and visited a number of strange places, so this was right up her alley.
According to her popular blog, Lana had only planned to make a short pit stop at her friends’ cabin in Karelia, as she thought there would be more fun things to explore elsewhere. But once she saw the abandoned mine shaft, she couldn’t resist spending more time and checking it out.
#10 It Was a Wonderland
Once they got to the mine shaft, they made their way into the shaft and down the ladder. Once they got down there, they were shocked at what they found. What they saw was a completely frozen wonderland, which was strange seeing as it was the middle of summer and it was hot.
#9 An Incredible Labyrinth
There were a variety of tunnels down there and channels of cold water went throughout the mine shaft. There was also a ton of abandoned mining equipment, including things that would transport the miners deeper into the mine with ease. Lana and her friend didn’t have that luxury, though, and had to walk.
#8 Near Freezing
As a result, they continued on foot deeper into the mine shaft. The two eventually arrived in a tunnel that was fully flooded with dirty brown water. With curiosity taking over, the two decided to wade into the water (up to their knees), in an effort to go even deeper.
#7 Frosty Chamber
Eventually, after walking through the cold and dirty water for some time, they landed in a cramped and cold chamber. Ice was on the walls and on the ceiling all around them, which again, was shocking due to the summer weather outside. But instead of turning away, they went deeper.
#6 This Was Not a Place for a Claustrophobe
One thing that was very clear right from the first time they went inside the shaft, this was not a place for those who are claustrophobic. In fact, some of the tunnels were so small that Lana and her friend actually had to get down on their knees and crawl.
#5 There Were Also More Vertical Shafts
In addition to the smaller tunnels, there were also more vertical and seemingly deep shafts throughout the original mine shaft. They also eventually came to a wooden structure, with a frozen and slippery ladder leading down even deeper. You knew that they had to go down and check out what was down there.
#4 Unsafe Equipment
Throughout the shaft, there was a ton of old equipment and structures that were used when this mine shaft would have been full of workers. So not only was this a cool place to see natural things, they also saw some very cool and old equipment that hadn’t been used in years.
#3 Dark and Curious
The deeper that they got, the weirder things got in the mine shaft. Things got really dark and soon enough they were able to see crazy and bizarre formations of ice that stuck to the walls and ceilings. But despite the darkness and potential danger, they continued deeper into the shaft.
#2 Lots of Other Strange Discoveries There
And as it turned out, their decision to go deeper was a good one. Throughout their journey, they found a ton of cool things. They saw a variety fo different exit shafts, a frozen waterfall, and even a rickety old train. Lana is definitely happy she stopped to check this place out.
#1 A Worthwhile Documentation
But regardless of the history of this mine and used to go on there, Lana and her friend did an amazing of documenting this place for us all to check out. For most people just walking by it, it would just seem like an abandoned shed, not a giant and deep mine shaft.
So as you can see throughout the article, these people were NOT expecting to find out what they found out deep in the woods inside that shack. But that in itself is the beauty of exploring. You never know what you might find, and the adrenaline and shock you feel when you discover something is contagious. There is a reason why millions of people follow these urban explorers on their blog or Youtube channels. It because we all have a fascination with the unknown and these explorers help us find and see things we would never be able to otherwise.