Founding of CHERNOBYLwel.come: The trip that changed my life

This journey started as your journey back in 2008. I was just a tourist, a number, a statistic. Visiting the Chernobyl zone for 2 days was a life-changing experience for me. And it was not as easy as it sounds. My fear was slightly greater than the initial excitement - and for my protection I packed some extra stuff: a respirator and a lead-covered jockey strap. I have to laugh when I mention this to people.

From the moment I got out of the tourist-packed bus in the ghost town of Pripyat, and smelt the winter breeze, felt the atmosphere, I immediately told myself, I need to get back here again, again and again. Establishing a specialist tour company was a dream come true - in order for me to continue to visit the zone and show it's true beauty to others.

Becoming the No.1

And here we are, after 10 years and with over 10,000 customers, it looks like we at CHERNOBYLwel.come did a good job. We grew both in quantity, and more importantly in quality. Introducing on average up to 10 innovations a year to our tours helped us become the no.1 attraction in the Kyiv region on TripAdvisor. For the fourth year in a row we have received the award of excellence.

But it is not about the medals and stats. You, dear reader, are not a number on a scorecard for us. Our job is about every minute - from the moment we meet you, until the moment we see you leave, feeling thrilled, surprised, excited, shocked, happy, sometimes even with tears in your eyes, after a CHERNOBYLwel.come tour. And with the hope that you will come again.

Stay in our Chernobyl family

Immediately after one day in Chernobyl I hear people saying ‘I need to come back’. Just like me in 2008. You are welcome to join our Chernobyl family, that usually meets once a year at the CHERNOBYLING festival with a mind blowing program (stay tuned - subscribe to our newsletter). Via the Chernobyl Tour Operator Association you can join our charity works in order to reach even more Chernobyl Babushkas. If you want to wear and carry your glowing ‘Chernobyl adventure’ with you, you will find our apparel in shop and again can help the Chernobyl Babushkas with 1% of the price.

Thank you for being the fuel to our passion. We will always stay true to you.

Dominik Orfanus
founder of CHERNOBYLwel.come

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CHERNOBYLwel.come core values


We want our customers to fall in love with this place as we did, and we share the same level of passion for them

Passion (for Chernobyl and customer)

Warm hearts

We treat customers like a part of our family and we are not just helpful, we always treat them with love and we try not to take things personally

Soft Heart, Sharp Mind


We like to share our success with people who had less luck in their lives as we - for example Chernobyl babushkas



We love what we do, we have fun, we find new creative ways to serve more people


Growth Mindset

We treat all the obstacles and issues as lessons that help us to be better than yesterday

Growth mindset

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CHERNOBYLwel.come statistics of customers served year by year


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CHERNOBYLwel.come Team

She is one of those people whom you meet and feel like you've known for years. Your trip would seem as though you‘ve met a very good friend who you haven't seen for a while. She is very cheerful, adventurous, creative and open minded. She fell in love with Chernobyl in 2016 and since then their love has been mutual.

Tanya Tanya Sunshine Guide

During his youth Andrei played the legendary Transport Tycoon a lot. When he grew up, he decided he would love to try to play this game in real life. So he went to far Germany to buy the first few Mercedes Sprinters. Later he used his rich experience in Transport Tycoon in business and became a respected businessman (or so-called MAGNAT) in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. In addition to transport management, Andrei is also helping CHERNOBYLwel.come to manage all important things in Ukraine.

Andrei Magnat

Tereza is the youngest member of our team always eager to help people in any situation. She is passionate about meeting different cultures and different people all over the world. She might look and sound rather shy, but she is not afraid of challenges and she like collecting experiences and great memories.

Tereza Lil T

A proud father of 3 daughters, a passionate ice hockey player and Chernobyl-addicted traveler, Dominik established in 2008, after his first trip to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. His background is in journalism. Yes, the sentences on this webpage have been created by him – with grammar mistakes! :-)

Dominik Slavedriver :-)

Once upon a time…she was a small ball of energy, always smiling. Maja loves globe-trotting and one day back in 2011 she wandered into the Zone. Her heart stayed there. She loves traveling and now, especially Chernobyl. She is known as a person who loves to help out, laughs a lot and likes to capture special moments and places.

Maja Sales Magician

Responsible for planning, organising and implementing activities to ensure the smooth running and development of CHERNOBYLwel.come. With the soul of a traveler, Martin seeks to discover unusual places. That is why he found Chernobyl the first time, and later, decided to help the Chernobyl community and spread it‘s story.

Martin Managing reactor

Claire is a student of Chernobyl, a teacher of design and a practicing artist who is passionate about the exclusion zone. She is totally and constantly inspired by Chernobyl and Pripyat and bases much of her artwork on this mesmerizing place. She will happily tell you about her many experiences and how great CHERNOBYLwel.come is!

Claire nUKe Ambassador

Juraj, also referred to as Jesus, is our graphic and UX preacher and leader. Most of the marketing team believes that Juraj was sent by God himself and is the awaited Messiah. Although his birthday is not celebrated on Christmas and he wasn't born of a virgin named Mary, he sometimes does perform miracles.

Juraj Personal Graphic Jesus

Michal fell in love with Chernobyl right after his first visit back in 2015. Later, Michal left the muddy waters of PR and drank from a beautiful well full of radioactive water. After that first delicious sip he mutated into the content-hero and works non-stop spitting out texts in our CHERNOBYLwel.come universe. 

Michal Atomic Content-man

Behind the lovely face is hiding a machine-like brain which is always thinking two-steps ahead. She's sexy, but she's clever and knows how things are going. That's why she's our operational mastermind, thinking about all the details that we - regular people - often forget. If she'd not be with CHERNOBYLwel.come, we guess the best fit for her has to be a role of a Bond girl. But in a real life!

Anastasiia Operation Mastermind

Moyses came to the company as a total greenhorn of online marketing. His strong growth mindset and passion in exploring customer’s needs through various marketing tools gave him valuable knowledge. When in the zone he loves to discover radioactive hotspots and we believe that this is how he is constantly charged up for new challenges.

Moyses Radioactive Tool hacker

Maryna wishes to have a lot of people in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. It is a very important and sad moment in the history of Ukraine and she loves to spread this topic to people. She loves to help people and make all handmade works. Especially floristic one! :)

Maryna Trouble Shooter

Michaela is also called „miss curious “. On one hand, she is a typical workaholic who easily gets enthusiastic about any new impulse and always seeks answers to all the questions she comes across. On the other hand, she is a spontaneous and adventurous little bundle of craziness, who will be the first out of the group to jump out of the plane or eat ants. You will also have an opportunity to talk with her about human rights, philosophy or social sciences as her biggest dream is to make the world a better place to live.

Michaela McChella a.k.a. Miss Curious

Vika is a super example of helpfulness. She is inspired by nature, her cat and, of course, people. So if you are a human you already own her heart. She got to CHERNOBYLwel.come by accident and couldn`t help but stay in a wonderful team.

Vika CC Hero

Katerina is a real generalist: she can support a conversation about geography and economics as easily as computer science and classical literature. A greater number of interests allows to approach her work in a unique way, to seek non-standard solutions and to be an excellent interlocutor for customers and her colleagues. 

Katerina CC Hero

“Radioactive adviser” Karina is an open-hearted girl, who is always ready to help and support customers to make their adventure unforgettable! She is proud of her grandfather, who was a liquidator in Chernobyl and considers this place to be special! She admires history, traveling, meeting new people and teaching children !:) She will always support an idea to have an adventure in some great place like Chernobyl and want to show this ghost-town to everyone!

Karina Radioactive adviser

Irina fell in love with Kyiv at first sight and from that very moment, she feels its heartbeat. With her, no area falls under a blind spot, which deserves your attention. Ask her about a restaurant for real Ukrainian cuisine, a cozy place to stay or a historical site to explore and be ready to experience unforgettable and enjoy top-notch service. Moreover, her intrinsic tips will definitely save you some time and nerve cells. 

Irina Local lifestyle expert

Leaving a legacy

After you visit the zone, it will never be the same again. Both your life, and the Chernobyl zone will change for good. Thanks to you, we can contribute to making the zone a better place. We contribute to the Chernobyl Babushkas, the self-settlers who returned after the evacuation to spend the rest of their lives in very, very simple conditions, but, on their motherland. We organise charity and clean up tours, that you are also welcome to join. Thanks to you we financially support the Chernobyl dog treatment program (run by International Futures Fund), children affected by the Chernobyl aftermath (cancer etc.) in Slavutych city (Ukraine), as well as sick children in Slovakia via Dobry anjel NGO. Thanks to you and your Tripadvisor reviews we can plant trees in Chernobyl zone, and therefore help mother nature to cope with the Chernobyl accident.

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1% of the tour price goes directly to support the Chernobyl Babushkas. Together with your help we provide them with medication, groceries and help them around the house.

Supporting Chernobyl Babushkas

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For every Tripadvisor review we plant a tree in the Chernobyl zone. Together we are helping the zone to recover.

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5% of NET income is paid to children with cancer through nadation "Dobry Anjel" (Good Angel). Thank you!

Dobry Anjel - Charity