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Video footage from inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone

Video footage from inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone

Want to know what it’s like to be inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone?

Some of you may have already seen my eerie winter images of Prypyat and Chernobyl. Well, now I’ve also compiled my footage into a 3 minute video showing you what it was like to be there.

I’ve had many people ask questions about the tour, so below you’ll find some FAQs about visiting Chernobyl.

FAQs about the Chernobyl tour

Tour company: SoloEast Travel.

Cost: Between 100-150 USD per person. A 10% deposit is paid online, and the remainder is paid in cash (local currency) on the day of the tour. Fill out the online form for bookings.

Transportation: Mini Van.

Group size: There were about 10-12 travellers on our tour from a number of different nationalities, plus an informative English speaking guide and a driver.

Itinerary: We departed Kiev at about 8:00 am and returned around 6:00 pm. It’s a 2 hour drive to the exclusion zone, and on the way a documentary is played detailing Chernobyl’s history.

Were there other people in the exclusion zone?: We ran into one other tour group about the same size as ours when we stopped to take photos of the Welcome to Prypyat sign, but that’s about it. For the most part we were the only people in sight, aside from the guards at the checkpoints and workers at the power plant.

Is the radiation safe?: We were told the level of radiation is quite safe for short term exposure.

There are plenty of people (around 300 I think) that actually live in the Chernobyl township inside the exclusion zone and work in and around the power plant, decommissioning the retired reactors and constructing the new sarcophagus to cover Reactor No. 4. They only spend a few days there per week, and have to take longer periods of time away from the site so that their bodies have time to recover.

On the way out of the exclusion zone we had to go through an old soviet radiation control checkpoint. Not sure if it actually did anything as it looked fairly basic but they were adamant the device worked!

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13 Responses to “Video footage from inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone”

  1. Susanne

    It’s definitely an interesting place… I was so scared recently when a huge area of forest in the exclusion zone was on fire… also, the tragedy was not that long ago, looking at photos from there, everything feels so real.

  2. Emily

    This is so awesome! And creepy, and sad, and… I have definitely been intrigued with this area and after seeing your video & reading the post, I would absolutely go on a tour–but I would still be a little freaked out!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      I know what you mean Emily, the emptiness triggers so many emotions. For me it included fascination and a strange kind of respectful quietness… if you get the chance, you should absolutely do the tour!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Chalsie! It’s well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area, it’s a once in a lifetime experience for sure.

  3. Tiffany

    Really amazing video. Thank you for sharing. So sad and creepy. I too have seen these pictures and always wondered what it would be like to see it in person.

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Tiffany! It was really creepy and it’s so hard to show what it was actually like to be there, because the atmosphere is what really makes it interesting.

  4. Sarah

    Very interesting and creepy. I saw a horror movie filmed there that was based on the kind of tour you went on. Haha…I will pass! : )

  5. Lesya

    Hi, Ashlea! I’m currently live in Kiev, Ukraine. It was surprising for me to find your blog and see your photos from Ukraine, especially from Chernobyl. It is interesting to read your impressions and your look on my country that isn’t so popular among tourists. I know that Chernobyl is interesting place to visit among foreigners, but not Ukrainians. Many people had faced with that tragedy in 1986 and left there homes and all things they had. I saw documentary movies which told that government concealed the truth about the explosion for a few days after the accident. So people walked on the streets and children went to school and kindergartens and had no idea what had happened. That’s why so many people dead or had big problems with health. I hope we will have more positive and happy places to attract tourists in the nearest future…


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