Visiting Chernobyl

Does anybody even remember Chernobyl and what happened there?

The month of April 2019 marks 33 years since the tragedy happened.  I’m not going to go into the history and detail of the events that unfolded on the 26th April 1986.  I have written about it extensively in a post on my other blog.  Should you wish to find out a bit about the Chernobyl disaster and the true story about what happened and the aftermath, then click here.

Imagine a post-apocalyptic world where there are abandoned towns that were evacuated after a blast 400 times stronger than the radiation unleashed in the bomb on Hiroshima.  That is Chernobyl and why you need to plan a visit there.

Getting there

If you are planning a trip to Kyiv in Ukraine, be sure to include a trip to Chernobyl.  Chernobyl is a 2 hour drive from Kyiv.  You need to go on a guided tour in a minibus and can’t drive there yourself as it is still a restricted area.  The restricted zone is a 30km radius around the nuclear reactor and encompasses several abandoned towns.

Boryspil Airport is the main airport in Kyiv, and it is easy to get there from most of the major European cities.  There are also low cost airlines that fly there, so it is a relatively easy detour if you are visiting another Eastern European country.  Accommodation in Kyiv is relatively cheap compared to other European cities.

Available Tours

There are different tours available and you can choose between a 1 day, 2 day or 3 day tour or even a private tour.  Personally, I believe a 1 day tour is sufficient for the average tourist.  It is best to choose a small group tour with 10-12 people.  Tours are available throughout the year, whatever the season.  We went in Fall.  The 10 hour tour cost roughly $100 and included pick up in Kyiv, lunch at the Chernobyl Canteen, visits to sites of interest in the restricted zone, as well as the nuclear reactor.  From a history perspective the tour is worth it, as you see Soviet era towns frozen in time.  You also get to see what the world will look like after the human race has been wiped out.  Pretty eery stuff, but makes for amazing photographs.  If you are a photographer, or enjoy photography – then you can’t afford to not have a visit to Chernobyl ranking high on your bucket list.  Here is the link to the tour we went on.

A Photographic Essay

Intriguing, eery, creepy.  Those are the words that come to mind when exploring the Chernobyl area.  Here is a taste of what you can see there.

Symbols of Soviet times.
Abandoned ferris wheel
Room full of gas masks
Abandoned house in the 30km zone
Abandoned School
Old toys left behind in an abandoned kindergarten
What’s left of the gymnasium

Watch my Youtube video to see a lot more of Chernobyl and the 30km restricted zone.

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