Chernobyl Today – Devastating and Chilling Photos of Chernobyl Today

Chernobyl Today – Devastating and Chilling Photos of Chernobyl Today

This post is all about photos of Chernobyl today.

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Chernobyl today looks a lot different than it did 30 years ago.

Once prosperous Ukrainian cities; Pripyat, Chernobyl, and surrounding areas were struck by the worst radioactive disaster in history.

In just three hours, over 49,000 people were evacuated from the city of Pripyat. Many were told they would be gone for just a few days. Decades later, they have yet to return.

While most towns in the Chernobyl exclusion zone are completely abandoned, the actual town of Chernobyl is considered only partially abandoned. Today, the land is occupied by a number of residents and workers,

In this photo journal of Chernobyl, you’ll have a glimpse at all parts of the exclusion zone, not just Chernobyl town.

Here are 21 Photos of Chernobyl Today

These photos of Chernobyl were taken in October 2021.

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Hotel in Pripyat.
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Abandoned kindergarten in the ghost village of Kopachi.
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Newspaper inside a home in Zalissya
Kindgergarten in Kopachi
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Ferris wheel in Pripyat.
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Reactor 4 at Chernobyl Power Plant.
Grocery store in Pripyat
Kindergarten in Kopachi
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Inside the hospital of Zalissya
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Inside an apartment in Pripyat
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Abandoned house in Zalissya
Pripyat entry sign
Interior of Zalissya hospital
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Inside a Pripyat apartment
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Chernobyl town

Interested in touring Chernobyl? Check out the official tour I took here and read about my experience here.

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Chernobyl Tour – The Best Value Chernobyl Tour from Kiev

Chernobyl Tour – The Best Value Chernobyl Tour from Kiev

This post is all about the best Chernobyl tour.

Are you looking for the best Chernobyl tours?

Exploring a ghost town is one thing, but touring the sight of the worst radioactive disaster in history is another.

That’s why it’s so important to pick the BEST Chernobyl tour.

When to Go

There is no wrong time to visit Chernobyl. However, I think early fall or spring is a perfect time.

Most of the tour is outdoors, so the winter may be too cold. Additionally, it is required to dress completely covered so your skin is not showing, so the summer months will be a bit warm.

What to Wear on Chernobyl Tours

As I just mentioned, it is required to cover your skin to minimize your contact with radiation.

You’ll want to wear long sleeves, tight long pants, and closed-toe shoes. Also, the tour is long and requires quite a lot of walking. Be sure to dress comfortably.

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Which Chernobyl tour should you book?

The tour company I used and was most recommended is Chernobyl Tour. Click here for their official website and where to book.

Chernobyl Tour has collaborated with some of the most prestigious companies, including the Chernobyl HBO series.

Chernobyl Tour Costs

I took a 1-day tour for $99 USD. This is the most popular tour.

They also offer 2 & 5-day tours for additional costs.

Length of tours

The 1-day tour from Chernobyl Tour is about twelve hours long.

We departed Kiev at 8 am and arrived back in town shortly after 8 pm.

It’s best to not plan anything for the rest of your day because times vary on the police checkpoints in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

What you need to know

-Bathrooms are few and far between. Ladies should bring toilet paper and prepare to squat in the woods. You will have to ask your tour guide which spots are safe to go.

-Pack lunch, snacks, and water because there are hardly any stops.

-If you wander off, your guides will leave you.

Exploring the Excusion Zone

The “exclusion zone” is a designated area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. In total, it’s 30 kilometers (19 miles) in radius and covers the areas with the highest radiation.

In order, here are the places you will visit in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone:

Checkpoint 1

The first stop on your tour will be a checkpoint entering the 30-kilometer buffer zone. You will have a quick restroom stop and time to grab a snack or coffee at the checkpoint kiosk.

Zalissya

Your first glimpse of the abandoned structures of Chernobyl is the abandoned Ukrainian village, Zalissya.

Once home to over 3,000 residents that were required to leave due to the Chernobyl disaster.

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Checkpoint 2

Your third stop on your Chernobyl tour will be yet another checkpoint – get used to this! You’ll be entering the 10-kilometer radius at this checkpoint. Be sure to get any last-minute water, snacks, and bathroom breaks in because this is the last checkpoint for several hours.

Radar Duga-1 – Chernobyl

After you pass the checkpoint, your fourth stop will be Radar Duga 1, which was the massive radar system that operated as an early-warning missile network.

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Kopachi

The fifth stop on your tour will be an abandoned kindergarten in the village of Kopachi. This kindergarten is located on the road Pripyat and Chernobyl.

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ChNPP

After Kopachi, you’ll stop at the place that started it all – the Chernobyl power plant.

You’ll see reactor four, which is now housed under a 2.1 billion dollar dome as of 2018. Across the road, you’ll notice the other reactors part of the complex and massive power plant.

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Pripyat

Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting stops on the entire tour.

Pripyat is an entire ghost city that once had a population of 49,360 residents. All residents were evacuated in just 3.5 hours and thought they would only be gone for three days, but of course, they never returned.

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Chernboyl

The final stop on your Chernobyl tour is none other than the nearly abandoned town of Chernobyl.

Despite the risks, several thousand people actually live and work in Chernobyl town, which is why it’s considered “partially abandoned”.

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Enjoy the Ultimate Chernobyl Tour Experience

I hope this post helps you feel more educated and know what to expect upon booking your Chernobyl tour! I felt like I went into my tour totally in the dark and would have rather been more prepared.

Overall, I would highly recommend this experience and tour company for the ultimate (and safe) Chernobyl experience.