Because of the accident of April 1986, greenery growing around Chernobyl nuclear power plant was severely affected. The trees got so much radiation that they burned from inside and turned red. Even today, the area of the red forest remains the most contaminated and radioactive in the whole exclusion zone.

What Caused the Forest to Turn Red in Chernobyl Zone?

The answer might be complex, but all the options have the same thing in common: huge dose of radiation. After the accident, the wind was blowing to the North and later shifted to the West. That’s why the areas that were located in these two directions suffered the most. The forest, which consisted mainly of pine trees, was pretty sensitive to the radiation. If there had been a person when the explosion took place, he or she would have died within a couple of minutes.

Because of the absorbed radiation, greenery started dying. Needles of the pine trees got colors from light orange to brown. Moreover, Chernobyl glowing trees is not a myth or one of those spooky stories about mutations and zombies. Interaction of the particles and radioactive decay with trees enzymes caused light glowing. It could be observed in the night during first month after the accident.

Chernobyl Red Forest: Present Time

Pine trees are able to absorb the particles effectively. On one hand, it makes them perfect filter, but on the other, if they burn, they release everything into the air. Before the wildfire, which happens quite often in the zone, could destroy the trees, the liquidators cut them and buried under the ground on the very same area.

The nature is restored there. Chernobyl red forest wildlife is outstanding nowadays. It’s a home for rare species: lynx, black stark, black grouse and many others. Though, the soil will remain radioactive for thousands of years. Such a unique environment is natural laboratory. It brings scientists from all over the world: basically, this is the only place on the Earth where they are able to study such radioactivity effects on nature.

Because of the contamination, there are no touristic routes into the forest. However, before entering ghost city of Prypiat, the visitors have quick stop on the road that goes along the red forest near Chernobyl power plant. Although the time spent there is short, it’s still fascinating. You will measure the background when standing on the road and when taking just five steps in the direction of forest. The level is still safe for the people (unless you decide to have picnic there), but the difference will be stunning. We are inviting you to check it out.

You can see Chernobyl Red Forest with your own eyes with our exclusive Chernobyl tours.

Total comments: 0

Leave a comment

Your email will not be published

Book a Tour
  • #1 Stage
  • #2 Stage
  • #3 Stage
*When paying 100% bonuses are waiting for you
+ Chernobyl 1 day tour
Price: $150

The one-day trip gives you the opportunity to immerse into the exact same area where the most dreadful disaster took place. The radiation background is still excessively high in some places, but we offer you a safe route through this dire Zone, together with necessary protection equipment.

Locations: Full info
+ Chernobyl 2 day tour
Price: $200

The two-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone opens for you the door to this unique place. In this short time, you will get not only the tour around Chernobyl nuclear power plant and Pripyat town, but also the exclusive experience to spend the night in an empty town. This is definitely the deepest dive into the history of the drastic disaster.

Locations: Full info
+ Chernobyl 3 day tour
Price: $250

The three-day program includes a huge amount of sites to visit. Professional guides will explain the reasons and chronology of events that were happening during the most dreadful nuclear disaster in the world’s history. The real-based stories told by the guide will give you the shivers, so tragic they are. You will relieve the events of that dreadful night of explosion together with the ex-residents of Pripyat town.

Locations: Full info
+ Chernobyl 4 day tour
Price: $300

This four-day trip makes it easier for you to get permission to enter the Extinction Zone, because we take care of official confirmations. Besides, we provide you will all the necessary protection. It is vital while traveling these, since the complete decay of the last radioactive element in the contaminated areas (plutonium-239) to the state of natural material will occur in 26486, or 24,500 years after the explosion.

Locations: Full info
+ Chernobyl 5 day tour
Price: $350

Nothing is better than planning a five-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone! We offer you the opportunity to learn the most important facts about the night of the tragedy, alongside fascinating myths and legends about the place. Following the stories of your guides, you will have the chance to wander around the ghost towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat. Don’t miss out on the occasion to hang around the streets and locations from the world-renowned series!

Locations: Full info
+ Chernobyl 6 day tour
Price: $400

This six-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone will open the Zone to you with top-secret information from our guides. During these six days, you will get the opportunity to explore the ghost towns of Pripyat and Chernobyl by yourself and it is not a secret that the Exclusion Zone has a lot of fascinating places.

Locations: Full info
+ Chernobyl Private Tour
Price: $800

Private Chernobyl Tour is the opportunity to communicate with the experienced guide rather than simply listen to his or her story. You can ask questions about precise topics that interest you. Moreover, you can determine how much time you want to be in one location or another, arrange the photoshoot and explore the objects deeper.

  • - You choose what places to visit
  • - Visiting resettlers – people who continue living in the zone
  • - Yacht club in Pripyat
  • - Pripyat cemetery
  • - Any locations from 1-6 days tours
Full info