Back in 2009, FORBES magazine named Chernobyl as one of the twelve most unique and exotic tourist destinations in the world. Since then, tens of thousands of tourists & travelers from all around the world rushed to the Zone to see the ghost town of Pripyat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The world of a post-apocalyptic reality, frozen in the time of 1986 is a must-see for every adventurer!
The first mention of Chernobyl was in 1193 when it belonged to Kievian Rus. It was encompassed in the 13th century by Lithuania's Grand Duchy that formed a Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth with the Polish Kingdom in 1569. According to the Union of Lublin that established the confederate arrangement between these two states, the area on the right bank of the Dnepr in nowadays Western Ukraine, including Chernobyl, became a part of Poland. Chernobyl was given three years earlier as a fiefdom to Filon Kmita (1530-1587) who ever since then was known as Filon of Chernobyl (Filon Kmita Czarnobylski).
It reminds me of my hometown! One day, Dominik asked me: „What is it in the zone that you are most interested in?“ My answer was simple. „Pripyat.“
After the accident at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl a few brave inhabitants stayed behind, for the love of their home and that of the land of their ancestors, which meant more to them than the omnipresent radiation and the associated risks of serious health complications.
To many people it comes as a surprise that it is possible to visit Chernobyl. Moreover, you don’t just ‘visit’; you actually approach Reactor No. 4 – the actual site of the accident – and within two hundred meters. While doing so, you see hundreds of employees working on the site who are even closer. It is only natural to ask: how is it even possible to visit the site of the most terrible nuclear accident in human history? Are all those people that visit and work there being reckless and risk their lives?
I think it all started when I fell in love with Russia and the Russian language while studying at the university. At that time (2008) I was so excited about everything connected with Russia that saying ‘YES’ to volunteering at a Russian themed party in Slovakia named “Matryoshka” was an immediate decision. Dominik (founder of CHERNOBYLwel.come) was one of the organisers of the party. Actually, I have no idea why, after some time, he contacted ME with the offer of a co-operation on this Chernobyl project :D
It is 26th April in 1986 at 1:23am. The stillness of the night was crushed when Reactor No.4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. It was mankind’s biggest nuclear accident in history. Acute radiation sickness killed 31 people in the first four months but the leak was blamed for thousands of cancer cases that developed across huge areas of the Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, with figures on predicted resulting deaths ranging from 4,000 to half a million.
Once upon a time, it was a deserted landscape. A land where nature took it’s scepter and completely took over an abandoned city. And, as in every proper fairy tale, there also appeared a ‘dragon’ – which was man. Man, who besides coming here to take photographs sometimes brought a lot of trash, and this trash covered the beautiful open air museum that is Chernobyl.
Chernobyl needs your help and support. We have few days to make it a better place, a place without garbage from workers, tourists and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s. Help to preserve an important piece of the history of mankind and ensure your children can learn the lessons of the Chernobyl disaster and it’s legacy.
After the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl, Ukraine, which occurred on the morning of April 26, 1986, questions were raised as to what the cause of the disaster was. Naturally, the public and the authorities also wanted to know who was responsible for the famous explosion which took the lives of over 4,000 people – a truly incredible and unfortunate number. Of course, at the time of the incident the cause was unknown. Indeed, it could have been a technical error, but of course if this was not the case and it was actually human error, somebody would need to be punished, and the real cause of the incident could be found.
Much can be said about the above photo. The words haunting, eerie and strange certainly come to mind at first glance. Of course, to anybody unaware of what ‘Corium’ is, this does indeed appear to be some bizarre concoction your chemistry teacher could have mixed together in your school lab… if that chemistry teacher was very stupid, that is! Why? Because corium is one of the most toxic substances in existence. So it really IS scary stuff! At least, thankfully, it’s nothing supernatural. Although, this thing is still a monster.
How many of us think of Chernobyl, and instantly think of crazy mutants roaming the wasteland trying to kill every breathing thing it stumbles across? How many of us think of this creepy place, and think of something comparable to area 51 – soldiers patrolling the area, keeping the public out of the secrets it hides, cut off from the world...
A press photographer, who took pictures of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and Pripyat during early days after plant explosion, Igor Kostin captured haunting images showing the true scale of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The black and white shots revealed the truth behind the tragedy Soviets were trying to cover up.
An ill-fated experiment at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on 26th April 1986 caused a thermal explosion. It became known as the biggest nuclear disaster of the 20th century. It forced people numbering in tens of thousands and living within the 30 km exclusion zone to be evacuated, while hundreds of thousands suffered radiation effects and related illnesses in the following years. This led to the construction of the first sarcophagus in November 1986 that was assembled in a record time of only 5 months.
Chernobyl, the area of land which was contaminated by the radioactive explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, is now greatly overgrown. Now, as a tourist destination, the area receives up to 10,000 tourists each year and within such a vast amount of land it’s not always easy for tourists to visualise the terrain.
The 31st October 2013 has seen the start of the dismantling of the ventilation stacks from the third and forth unit at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine. The removal of these stacks is part of the NSC (New Safe Confinement) and ultimately is part of the project to make the site safer, but this project is not without risk. These ventilation stacks are some of the most radioactive parts of the building’s outer shell and the authorities have to ensure that the stacks do not exceed permissible radiation limits.
In the woods about 10 kilometres south from Chernobyl nuclear power plant there is a top secret object, Chernobyl-2, also called Duga. It's one of the three Soviet 'over the horizon' radar stations of the system of early detection against attacks of ballistic rockets.
Chernobyl Diaries is an American horror film directed by Brad Parker and produced by Oren Peli. The film is set mostly around Chernobyl, Ukraine, and features the abandoned housing of Pripyat and the Chernobyl nuclear power station. There’s some speculation about whether the film was shot on location. While it appears to be shot in Chernobyl, for those people who have been to the infamous exclusion zone, it’s clear that the film was definitely not shot there as the details do not match the real-life place.
On April 26th 1986, reactor no. 4 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded and released radioactive materials into the atmosphere. Major quantities of plutonium, strontium-90, caesium-137 and iodine-131 escaped. Over 200000 square km was contaminated, with 70% of the area comprising the countries of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.
There are numerous exclusion zones that exist in the world today. These are areas that have suffered radiation exposure to abnormally high levels and are best avoided. These are the following.
Secret report by KGB from the construction of the power plant (1977): During the construction of Chernobyl nuclear power plant, systematic violation of construction works and technologies was observed. Junk material discarded from several other plants and factories is being used here. In most of the works, falling behind the schedule was observed as well.
Dear adventurer, welcome to the world of CHERNOBYLwel.come! My name is Dominik and I would like to tell you the incredible story behind this company. Everything started back in 2008: I remember sitting in my car driving over a bridge, when my only Russian friend (at that time) asked me if I wanted to go with him to Chernobyl. I never really paid any attention to what he was asking and I replied "why not?".
The answer is as travelling to any other country if you follow rules and stay away from restricted ‘no-go’ zones. Ukraine is back on the rails but as we all know situation on Ukrainian eastern border is quite tense. We strongly do not recommend travelling across regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, that’s for sure. Ongoing clashes between armed separatists and Ukrainian forces create quite inhospitable area over there.
Word ‘radiation’ is being exploited by media as something dangerous and life threatening that always brings attention of viewers. Truth is: radiation is boring and common. Even the Earth is radioactive and always has been.
You need a valid passport to enter Ukraine, no matter where you come from. Some countries, especially within Europe allow travelling just with your National ID. Unfortunately, Ukraine is not the case. Your passport needs to be up to date. You might undergo additional scrutiny when your passport is about to expire. It’s recommended to have passport’s expiry date further than 6 months after the day of your planned return. This is mainly looked at when visa for entering the country are required.