Exploring Chernobyl – how to prepare for a trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone?

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Chandler Lee
Exploring Chernobyl – how to prepare for a trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone?
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A trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is the dream of many people. What’s interesting, it can be realized! Read this short guide to learn how to organize such a trip

Attractions outside the guides

There are such attractions which are taken for granted. They have become part of the list of places to visit in a particular town, city or region. It is a sin, staying in Krakow, to miss such gems as Wawel, the Cloth Hall, the Market Square or the historic Kazimierz.

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Statue of Liberty, and Giza has the pyramids and the Great Sphinx monument. Ukraine also has gems that you can easily find in a travel guide. These include the Cathedral of Wisdom and Independence Square in Kiev. There are also less obvious attractions

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone scares off some with its horrific past, while others are attracted by the mystery of a place that was abandoned over 30 years ago. Until recently, it was illegal to explore the Chernobyl zone. Of course, there was no shortage of daredevils, who reached the abandoned city on their own, risking a lot at the same time. Today you can go on a commercial expedition. With all safety rules.

What happened in Chernobyl?

The events of early May 1986 can be described in one word – disaster. One moment decided that the city, which until then was vibrant with life, suddenly turned into a zone of exclusion. All because of a nuclear reactor failure. There was an explosion which released radioactive substances into the air. Many people suffered, and the effects of the disaster are still felt today.

A trip to Chernobyl

The dark past of this place fascinates some people to such an extent that they dream of visiting Pripyat and its surroundings. Until recently, the area excluded from any exploration, slowly begins to open up to tourists. However, going on your own is not the best idea. If you want to go to Chernobyl, then use the offer of an organized trip. Under the supervision of a guide, you will legally get to places to which few have access

What should you know before going to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone?

  1. This is a trip in which only adults can take part
  2. When going to Ukraine, you must have a valid passport with you.
  3. You can go on a one-day excursion or a multi-day trip.
  4. The cost of a 3-day trip is around 1800 PLN.
  5. One-day trips are much cheaper.

How to get to Chernobyl?

You have several options to get to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. First of all, you need to decide what tour you will choose. It can be a several-day trip organized by a Polish operator. The second option is a one-day trip (at a cost of about 400 zł) from Kyiv. In both cases you do not have to worry about travel – it is included in the price.

Remember to dress appropriately. Wandering around the abandoned city is not a recreational walk in the park. There’s still active radiation out there, and it’s up to you to protect yourself from it. The absolute minimum is long pants, a long-sleeved sweatshirt and full shoes.

Read also: https://hobbwee.com/adventure-hobbies/what-dangers-lurk-for-the-explorer-during-urbex/

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