To visit Chernobyl, and the rigorously maintained exclusion area around it, is to enter a place frozen in time. The urban and natural scenery here has lain virtually deserted by permanent human occupation since 1986; a completely unique, almost apocalyptic environment – eerie, saddening, thought-provoking and deeply moving.
This is the scene of the world’s worst ever nuclear accident, a permanent memorial not only to that tragedy but also the immense courage and self-sacrifice of those that fought to contain it.
The area around Chernobyl has been reclaimed by nature and vegetation has slowly enveloped roads, buildings and vehicles. Wolves, lynx and wild boar live without fear of man in the forest. There is also the human side to Chernobyl, in the now elderly people that chose to defy the original Soviet government evacuation order and return to their homes, and who are welcoming to curious visitors interested to hear their stories.
Read our Chernobyl travel guide for more details.