Ive seen many pictures and herd the stories about what happened with reactor No. 4 and always wanted at some point to see the area and this trip provided the perfect opportunity for it.
You start off with a 30km checkpoint where passports are checked against a permit so you can enter (our tour guide sorted this out) from there we had a few stops seeing the outer villages where there are still cars and buildings in this portion with books and newspapers from that day.
Next is a 10km checkpoint where IDs are checked again. Our next stop took us to a place where you can see the dome over reactor 4 as well as the 3 subsequent reactors next to it. At the time of the meltdown they were also building 2 other reactors which now all stand empty with the cranes next to them which is all quite eerie.
We were driven further down the river to a bridge, from this we could see fish swimming including great big catfish which were approximately 8-10ft long, nature is starting to return to one of the biggest nuclear disasters and radiation areas in human history.
Prypit and the fairground were next the famous village for the workers and the fairground that happened to be there at the time of the accident, again all very odd and empty as everything was left theres childrens toys, books, beds everything
We left with a lasting impression of this place, people are living in the area now but theres still such a sense of emptiness.
With this we drove into the night to Odessa ready to catch a ferry to Georgia, dodged round alot of police checkpoints due to our iffy green card situation found the hotel and crashed out