I’m sure if you’re interested in this post then you’ve already seen the miniseries ‘Chernobyl’ (If you haven’t then you definitely should go and watch it) It shares a lot of information around the crisis and help you to understand how catastrophic Chernobyl was.
Chernobyl has been on my bucket list for many years and was sparked back in 2015 when me, Jake and our mate Zvi used to go urban exploring (Tumblr days) Pripyat was kind of the ultimate place to go at that time. I also think our interest of dark tourism came about then. After visiting Auschwitz last year, Chernobyl was next on our list, especially after watching the new HBO mini series as well, we gathered that it would start to become super touristy and so wanted to do it sooner rather than later.
The experience it’s self was mental, no words or images can describe/show the devastation nor show the scale of it. We booked with a tour guide which cost us around £100 for a day tour. In hindsight this just wasn’t really enough time, I’d recommend people to do the two day tour (at least) if possible, but to be honest you’d need a week to explore it all properly. The tour however was good and we managed to see a considerable amount in the time we had, including schools and hospitals and the power plant itself.
After sharing some stories on instagram I had a lot of messages around the topic of “Is it safe?” and my response is yes or they wouldn’t be allowing tourists to go. However there are, what they call ‘hot spots’ in certain areas where the radiation is extremely high (as you can see from the geiger counter image above). You're advised not to touch anything and to keep covered up, so long trousers and long sleeves.
Images by myself using the Fuji XT2