If you are one of those people who admires mysterious, extreme and unusual adventures, perhaps you want to participate in an extraordinary tour where you can get the sharpest of this experience firsthand. The Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine is in a world of its own, different from the reality. This place provokes special memories and feelings where one can reconnect with the past and understand the fact that mankind must never let new technologies lead to global destruction. There are several tour companies offering tours to the Chernobyl exclusion zone, where you will experience and admire the natural beauty of the Polesie region including the breathtaking views of the Pripyat river in Chernobyl.

History of The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

On April 26, 1986, disaster struck a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl Ukraine when an explosion occurred at the nuclear power plant. The explosion was so lethal that radioactive clouds could be detected from as far away as Sweden. The extent of this explosion forced the Soviet military to establish an official exclusion zone which was about an 18-mile radius around the affected power plant. Over 115,00 people were evacuated that year while another 220,000 were evacuated in the following years.

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This created a desolate landscape of abandoned villages and towns. Many years after the disaster, much of this area also known as the Zone of Alienation is still out of bounds. This zone is a chilling reminder of one of the worst nuclear disasters but at the same time a significant tourist attraction site that draws thousands of tourists each year which demonstrates the resiliency of nature. The Chernobyl exclusion zone is an unusual place where from far you can also see the construction of the grand and unique “Shelter” or the New Safe Confinement (NSC).

Visiting Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

It is still impossible for tourists to get to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone without permission and in the company of an official guide. You will encounter several checkpoints at the 30 km zone and at the entrance to the town of Pripyat. Your personal details that include your name and passport must be submitted to controlling authorities prior to your visit, at least 10 days in advance. Your passport will be checked at every checkpoint to avert the possibility of intruders infiltrating the vast perimeter as well as for safety reasons.

The Exclusion Zone initially allowed only officially sanctioned visits, which were mostly for reporters and scientists but in recent years, tour companies have began organizing brief but strictly controlled visits. It is estimated that over 30,000 thousand tourists visit Chernobyl Exclusion Zone every year.

Exclusion Zone Curfew

There is a strict curfew of 8 pm inside Chernobyl for safety reasons. During the night you will most likely hear a strange sequence of electronic beeps coming from the north. The sounds come from the scientist’s camp where radiation levels are constantly monitored.

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Safety Of The Exclusion Zone

Most visitors touring the exclusion zone are concerned about the possibility of radiations at the zone. The truth is that the zone is still highly toxic and dangerous which is why your visit to this place must be brief and controlled. While walking around is entirely safe, the possibility of ingesting radioactive substances is the greatest danger. Avoid eating berries, licking trees or rolling on the ground while at the zone. Generally, radiation levels in most places are safe although a few parts particularly near reactor 4 where the explosion occured remain unsafe. Visitors are however screened regularly at each checkpoint to monitor their radiation levels.

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If you are one of those people who admires mysterious, extreme and unusual adventures, perhaps you want to participate in an extraordinary tour where you can get the sharpest of this experience firsthand. The Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine is in a world of its own, different from the...