Chernobyl Radiation – Now and Then

Radiation is a natural process of energy emission happening everywhere in the world, including our bodies. Still, within decades, the word “radiation” has been associated with the place that changed the history of mankind. Chernobyl is the symbol of the biggest nuclear catastrophe humanity ever faced. Radiation from the 4th Chernobyl power block explosion caused multiple fatal consequences, and even more health problems.

Right after the explosion, the radiation level at the station and its closest area (including Pripyat) reached from 0.1 to 300 Sv per hour. It was almost a billion times higher than the usual radiation level measured in μSv (micro Sieverts).

The areas of evacuation have been remaining empty till our days, though it is quite challenging to find places with radiation levels higher than usual everyday emissions all over the planet.

The New Safe Confinement covered the old Shelter Structure, and the level of radiation near the plant decreased up to 3-4 times. Nowadays, it reaches only 1.2 μSv/hour on average. In some zones of the nearby town of Pripyat, this level approaches the 0.9 μSv mark. Still, mostly, it is not higher than the regular radiation level of 0.3 μSv per hour. Various factors have an impact on that level. For instance, weather conditions and seasons (in winter, radiation levels are lower than average, in summer they can get higher).

Is It Safe to Visit Chernobyl?

More than three decades passed since the explosion, and nowadays, traveling to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is safer than ever before. Our company got safest ever routes through the Zone including places where radiation levels are higher than normal. Tourist groups are nearby them only during the short time periods. Such solutions allow them to be sure about their health safety. And at the same time, they are able to see the most important and interesting sights (in some tours we can even lead you inside the power plant building).

The guaranteed gamma ray dose is 3-4 μSv, which is totally harmless for your health. Just for you to know, active power plant workers around the world have their safe levels set at 50-100 μSv per day.

Every tourist traveling with us gets a cloth respirator and a personal Geiger-Muller dosimeter for their comfort and confidence. Safety first, and we totally guarantee it.

More Info About Radiation

It is important to understand that radiation is a widespread natural process. Every chemical element has its radioactive isotopes (variations of an element with different neutron numbers in their atomic cores) appearing around, again, naturally. Human bodies are adapted to such everyday radioactivity levels that are safe for us.

A dose is the measure of radiation “absorbed” by the body. The most important one here is the effective dose, calculating the amount of emission, its type and biological impact on living organisms. That dose is exactly what our dosimeters will measure during your Chernobyl tour.

The effective dose measure is μSv (micro Sievert). Dosimeters we use show the real radiation level in μSv per hour and automatically show the overall dose gained since the moment it gets turned on. One day of the Chernobyl tour will cause it to show not more than 3-4 μSv of gamma ray emission.

It is important to understand the phrase “getting a radiation dose” correctly. The average radiation level for all of its sources around the world is about 8 μSv per day. There exist numerous places on the planet with their radiation levels much higher than that of Chernobyl. The Guarapari Beach (Brazil) is a place where radiation levels can be 100 and more times higher than that of the Zone. That’s an absolute record.

In addition to natural radiation sources, there are many anthropogenic ones influencing everyone. Medical procedures like tomography, or one of the most harmful habits, smoking. When traveling by plane, space radiation also affects humans.

As you can see, there are many other radiation sources and places around the world people do not treat as seriously as Chernobyl, though levels are higher there. In any case, our specialists guarantee that your Chernobyl tour will be among the safest journeys you ever had in life.

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+ Chernobyl 1 day tour
Price: £110

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.

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+ Chernobyl 2 day tour
Price: £150

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.

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+ Chernobyl 3 day tour
Price: £185

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.

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+ Chernobyl 4 day tour
Price: £220

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.

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+ Chernobyl 5 day tour
Price: £260

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!

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+ Chernobyl 6 day tour
Price: £300

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.

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+ Chernobyl Private Tour
Price: £580

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
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