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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