Travel Vision: Chernobyl 33 years later

What you’d see on a day tour of Chernobyl.

Chernobyl 33 years later

Chernobyl has seen a 40 per cent increase in tourism, thanks to the HBO television series Chernobyl which aired in May this year.

The mini-series examines the 1986 nuclear disaster, the resulting fallout and scenes of what the region looks like now.

Sergiy Ivanchuk, director of SoloEast tours, told Reuters that bookings for June, July and August have risen by approximately 40 per cent since HBO aired the show.

Director of Chernobyl Tour, Yaroslav Yemelianenko, expects a similar increase of 30 to 40 per cent because of the show.

Tours to Pripyat, once home to 50,000 people who mainly worked at the plant, show visitors such sights as an eerily beautiful yet decaying amusement park and a giant Ferris wheel that never went into operation.

Tourists can take day trips to the centre of Kiev, where they can view monuments to the victims, wander through abandoned villages, see the exploded reactor number four – now covered by a huge metal dome – and have lunch in Chernobyl’s only restaurant.

And it seems anyone worried about the radiation levels in the region should get out more, says tour guide Viktoria Brozhko.

“During the entire visit to the Chernobyl exclusion zone, you [are exposed to] … the amount of radiation you’d get staying at home for 24 hours,” he says.

Today, we show you an independent web documentary made by Abandoned Explorer, featuring the kind of sights you’ll witness on a day tour of Chernobyl. Strangely beautiful stuff, indeed.

Would you ever do a tour of Chernobyl?

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    Janus
    22nd Jun 2019
    7:37am
    I would go tomorrow, and as a qualified radiation assessor, I do not fear the radiation (mostly). The trip over in the plane is far more risky, as is the drive to the airport.

    What I fear is the Russian bureaucratic crap, the hidden fees and bribes, the surly looks and unfriendly people, the lack of decent facilities and the other stuff that goes with Russia outside the main tourist routes.

    Whilst a reminder of the things that go wrong, this disaster was caused by a stupid regime of cost cutting, a poorly designed reactor that was known to be faulty and dangerous, run by inept pressured uninformed minions, back in the 1980's. Nuclear power has moved so far on from this. I like the Russians : they show us all what not to do.
    Xmas19
    22nd Jun 2019
    9:24am
    No photos of Chernobyl can be termed 'eerily beautiful'. The sadness of the place and the results of what happened there continue for many Ukrainians. To put yourself willingly into a disaster zone which still 'radiates' is folly. I had the opportunity to go back in 2002 but chose not to out of respect for my Ukrainian friends who had lived it all and some of whom had been evacuated out of the area. It is not a place of tourism but a cenotaph; it is not beautiful, but horrific.
    Paddington
    22nd Jun 2019
    10:16am
    We watched the series so would never go. It would be silly to do so.
    We are armchair travellers anyway unless a road trip to see family.
    PlanB
    22nd Jun 2019
    11:09am
    No way and anyone that does is crazy -- Radiation never goes away -- and it does not always cause problems straight away -- it can cause problems with your DNA and cause problems with your DNA that you will pass on to your offspring.

    Yes, you get a certain amount of radiation from traveling in a plane but to go anywhere near the likes of Chernoble/Fukushima etc is downright crazy -- even SA is noted as the Cancer capital of Aussie after the radiation the from the Bombs tested there.
    aussie
    22nd Jun 2019
    3:36pm
    where do you get this information from??, you positive about it?


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