Trip to the Exclusion Zone

by Alex on  August 19, 2013 |
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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been seriously contemplating a trip to the real-life Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

For a long, long time, the Zone and its history have intrigued and resonated with me – thus, I’ve decided that now is the time to take a trip to the real life Zone.
 
I’ve been looking into tour companies and pricing, and feel that as this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, I should do it properly, so I’m planning to go to Kiev with my girlfriend in September before we go back to University.

From Kiev, we’ll be going into the Zone with a group tour for the first day, to get the normal ‘tourist’ experience and see the basic sights and locations.

That night, we’ll stay in a small cottage hotel just outside the Exclusion Zone while the rest of the group are taken back to Kiev.

The next day, we’d be picked up by our tour guide for a private day tour of the Zone.

This gives us the opportunity to pick and choose the sights we want to go and see (excluding things like the ‘Rossokha’ vehicle graveyard and DUGA-3 radar that are off-limits (yes, I asked!)), and, according to the tour company, even though it’s technically not allowed, explore some of the buildings in Prypiat!
 
As you can imagine, I’m extremely excited. I intend to take an obscene amount of high-quality photographs, and hopefully will actually gather some reference material to use for the creation of Redux content!

Is there anything in particular you’d like to see photographed?

2 comments on “Trip to the Exclusion Zone”
  1. Daniel Brown | | Reply

    All I really want is a video of you saying “50 thousand people used to live here, now its a ghost town” 😉

  2. Brad Novreske | | Reply

    As someone that actually took this trip while spending a year studying in Russia, I think it is an awesome idea. Because of time constraints, I only got to spend the one day there with the tour group, but got to go inside many of the buildings (one of the hotels, the cultural center, the pool, the school, etc.), see the ferris wheel and bumper cars up close, and a slew of other really awesome once-in-a-lifetime type things. Part of the reason I went was because I enjoyed the STALKER games so much, and part of the reason I love them even more now is the fact that I can see places I’ve once visited! Since you’re working so hard to create and improve this great mod, the first hand perspective is a must.

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