Winter Chernobyl. Why did I go to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Winter
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Probably everyone faces a problem when you do not know how to spend a winter vacation or just relax. Personally, I’m already tired of these expensive ski resorts, and the sea is not very interesting. I wanted something new, unique and not expensive. I started searching the Internet and came across the go2chernobyl website. As you can already understand from the name, this company organizes tours to the Exclusion Zone. It became very interesting to me, especially since many legends and myths arose around Chernobyl, and I also had many questions about this.
I need to say that the tour will not give answers to all your questions, but you can still draw some conclusions.
Probably everyone who wants to visit Chernobyl wonders if this is safe, because we all know what tragedy happened there and what consequences it brings. But do not worry, the trip is absolutely safe. According to experts, the maximum dose you can get while staying in the exclusion zone is 10 microsievert per hour. This is an absolutely permissible norm, for example a chest x-ray, will provide you with a radiation dose of 80-90 microsievert.
Now let's move on to the excursion itself. It is worth saying that winter Chernobyl appears before the tourist in a completely different way. White snow covers a devastation and dense bushes. The tourist enjoys a pleasant view; it becomes light and airy on the streets. I was a little worried that it would be cold, and thick snow would not let us walk, and indeed in some places it was a bit difficult to move around, but overall it was quite comfortable and pleasant.
At the entrance to the city you are greeted by a wall of greeting, which depicts a sickle and a hammer. She is specially supported so that she looks like it was before the disaster.
Further to our attention appeared the city itself. It reminds a lot of disaster. Abandoned houses, monuments, tablets, buildings damaged by corrosion, and much more. But it’s worth saying that there are still people here, though there are a few. These are mainly those who risked staying after the disaster and did not want to leave their home. Also in the city you can meet people who work here, saving the city from toxic waste. On the street you can buy bread, water and even souvenirs.
During the tour, we were immediately warned that you should not walk around the city yourself, motivating it with the fact that you can stumble upon wild animals. But it is worth saying that over the entire duration of the excursion we have not met more than once, neither the local fauna (except for the squirrel), nor even the looters. The only threat that you may encounter is tourists like you who are not letting go of cameras.
The tour as a whole was quite interesting. We visited the central square, which houses a large Ferris wheel. We were very lucky, because in the summer, everything here is in the thicket and the view is not so beautiful.
We also visited the so-called bridge of death. This name was given to him by journalists and this is due to the fact that during the tragedy a huge number of citizens stood on the bridge and watched the fire. After which they all died of radiation. But I think this is more a myth than a truth.
Another attraction of the city is an interesting design "Arc". As the guide explained to us, it was a secret object of the USSR, which on maps was designated as a pioneer camp.
In fact, this is a Soviet radar station, the purpose of which was to detect the launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles. There were only 3 such structures throughout the Union (Khabarovsk Territory, Nikolaev and Chernobyl).
Well, of course, we could not ignore the 4th reactor, which is located under the sarcophagus. It was built more than 3 years ago with the help of 28 countries. The size of the sarcophagus is truly huge. It is about 100 meters high and weighs over 30,000 tons. During the tour, we were able to consider it from all sides.
In general, I liked the tour. The price is affordable for almost everyone, and our guide is just a walking encyclopedia. The go2chernobyl team knows their job and knows how to make the tour interesting and unique. For example, one tourist told us a very interesting story. He said that after another excursion, when the tourists were already heading home, masked armed men attacked them on the way and, threatening them with violence, took their bus to the forest. People were very scared and did not know what to do. In the end, they arrived at their destination, and there appeared a clearing ready for a picnic. It was a well-planned rally. Some tourists cried, and some laughed. In any case, no one expected this turn of events.
I advise everyone to visit Chernobyl at least once and it is advisable to do it in the winter. I also want to thank the go2chernobyl team for the excellent organization and interesting tour.
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