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Touring Chernobyl 25 Years Later

Ferris Wheel of Abandoned Pripyat Town, Chernobyl
The Ferris Wheel from the abandoned town of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Dead Zone
UPDATE (10/04/2011): You may also want to check out this article about Chernobyl Satellite Map Discoveries

Ukraine tends to be far from the beaten path, even for Eastern Europe; however if you can allocate the time its well worth the visit. Kiev, the capital, is a fantastic city with good night life. And you’ll need a full day to venture north to Chernobyl, where the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history took place on April 26th, 1986.

Book a tour in advance, as you need to provide your information and get clearance to enter the restricted area. It seems that every tour is different. You can spend days wandering around the abandoned city of Pripyat where 50,000 people once lived. The main attractions we saw were the town center, amusement park, hotel, rec center including full size pool, and elementary school. There is also a “vehicle graveyard” where all the emergency vehicles used in the evacuation of Pripyat and its surrounding areas are now kept. Nothing is allowed to leave the contaminated area; you’ll be scanned twice for radiation on your way out, so be sure not to get too much mud on your shoes.

If you’re wondering where to book the tour, try, this is where we booked ours and they were great. Cost varies depending on group size, but you’re looking at somewhere around $150 per person, which includes transportation.

The tour is eerie, however the experience is well worth it. Either before or after be sure to visit the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev.

See below for a video montage of the tour

Entering Restricted Area Of Chernobyl
Entering the contaminated area of Chernobyl, Ukraine
Firefighter Monument, Chernobyl, Ukraine
A monument to the brave firefighters who lost their lives in the Chernobyl disaster
Chernobyl Reactor #4
Reactor Number 4 – The Reactor which exploded in 1986
The Sign As You Approach Pripyat Town
The sign as you approach Pripyat Town
Measuring The Radiation At Chernobyl
Measuring the radiation across the river from Reactor 4
Chernobyl Amusement Park
The abandoned amusement park in the town of Pripyat, Chernobyl Dead Zone
Basketball Court At The Rec Center
The basketball court at the Rec Center
Leftover Gasmask Instructions
Leftover instructions on how to use a gas mask
Pile Of Childrens Gas Masks
A pile of childrens gas masks inside the school
Chernobyl Warning Sign
A warning sign in the elementary school
Abandoned Elementary School
Inside the abandoned elementary school, Pripyat
Tree Growing In Hotel
A tree growing in a hotel room
Abandoned Hotel
The abandoned hotel in Pripyat
A video from the tour by my good friend Colter Freeman
A news report about Chernobyl Tours, notice the guide interviewed was also my guide (from the photo above), I found that funny.

Chernobyl Pictures

Chernobyl Reactor #4 Map

7 Good comments on "Touring Chernobyl 25 Years Later"

  • mikhail  @ Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    hi, id like to use your picture of the ferry wheel for an indy movie friends of mine are doing and i wanted it in high resolution, any chance to get it? tnx

    • Mike  @ Monday, August 22, 2011 at 7:14 AM

      Just emailed it to you, enjoy!

  • Matt  @ Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Hi, Im a student at Perth College and I was wondering if I could have your permission to use a few of your pictures for a project Im working on. I am creating a post apocolypse/horror themed webcomic and I would like to use the picture of the bumper cars and the pile of Gasmasks if I can, Thanks.

    • Mike  @ Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 3:22 AM

      Sure, thats fine, if there is a place for source credit please add it, or even better if you have a website provide a link back! If not no worries, thanks for asking.

  • Mike  @ Monday, October 3, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Your friend really struggled with the focus on his camera in his video.

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