Chernobyl & Pripyat: abandoned cities in photos

Posted by on 1 May, 2013 in Blog, Photography, Ukraine | 8 comments

Tours to Chernobyl are becoming increasingly popular, and are a must-do for anyone wanting a completely unique experience. It is, however, crucial to understand the gravity of what happened at the Chernobyl Power Plant and the Soviet Union’s attempts to both clean up, and cover up, the world’s worst nuclear accident.

Iconic Pripyat ferris wheel

Iconic Pripyat ferris wheel

One often overlooked piece of information is that Chernobyl is still inhabited by a few people  – against the wishes of the authorities. The name of the completely abandoned, and since ran-sacked city is Pripyat. Though we were told on our visit that everything in Pripyat had been left as it was on the day of the evacuation, there was without a doubt some staging and a liberal use of creative licence around the most commonly visited buildings.

Read more on my day trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat here.


  1. My kind of trip! If you’ve not read it already, I’d highly recommend ‘The Dark Tourist’ by Dom Joly. He goes on a daytrip to Chernobyl as well as visiting other off-the-tourist-radar places like Iran, Lebanon and North Korea.

  2. Great photos, there’s something really fascinating about abandoned cities that are left to decay on their own. Look forward to reading about it.

  3. I’m total agree witch you guys.

  4. That is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise information… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read post!|

  5. Reblogged this on Mike the Psych's Blog and commented:
    Still on the Ukrainian theme….

  6. I’ve been wanting to visit this area since I heard tours to Chernobyl were possible! I like how time has stood still in the photos!

    • It really is a fascinating experience. Pripyat only gained city status 7 years before the accident, so the structures of the buildings are still in really good condition…


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