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Chernobyl’s infamous Reactor 4 Control Room is now open to tourists » but you’ll have to wear a hazmat suit

Jack Guy, writing for CNN »

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has seen a huge increase in visitor numbers in recent years as part of a growing global interest in dark tourism.

And now, intrepid travelers be able to get inside the control room where the world’s worst nuclear accident unfolded, Chernobyl tour companies confirmed to CNN.

Those who venture inside the highly radioactive area at the infamous Reactor 4 will be provided with white protective suits, helmets and masks for the brief visits. After leaving, they will be subject to two radiology tests to measure exposure.

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Watch » The Icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean

This video was shot in the Arctic Ocean in March 2018.

For 7 days the crew passed through the Barents Sea to Karsky around the Novaya Zemlya archipelago on the nuclear icebreaker Yamal. They witnessed the northern lights, polar bears, watched the ships stuck in the ice being towed, and were very cold.

In the video you can see two Russian icebreakers – “50 Years of Victory” and “Yamal” with a capacity of 75,000 horsepower.

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Watch Noraly from ItchyBoots.com Travel Through Russia as She Rides Around The World

We last connected with Noraly riding through Kazakhstan. With this video series we follow her progress in Russia on her way to Georgia.

Ep. 92 – Riding from Atyrau, Crossing into Russia, and Riding onto Astrakhan
Noraly rides here last 300km in Kazakstan, across rough roads to the Russian border. And then rides onto Astrakhan.

Ep. 93 – Riding 300 km from Astrakhan to Elista

Ep. 94 – Riding from Elista to Stavropol
Noraly passes through a police check stop.

Ep. 95 – Noraly heads towards the Georgian border
Her transit visa is running out.

Follow Noraly as she continues her adventure with riding through Georgia.

The Turtle Expedition – Russia

Gary and Monica achieved their goal of driving overland across Euroasia from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans.

Read about Gary and Monica Wescott’s overland adventures through Russia in November 2014:

Russia #4 – Arriving in Vladivostok

Russia #3 – Crossing Siberia 2 – Chita to Khabarovsk

Russia #2 – Crossing Siberia 1 – Rubtsovsk to Chita

Russia #1 – Arriving in Siberia

Watch: How to start a Land Cruiser at -35 deg in Siberia

Watch: Running For Help After Getting Stuck In A Siberian River

From Landcrusing Adventure:

In this short film Coen is running for help after getting the Land Cruiser stuck in a shallow river on the Siberian plains in Russia.

Landcruising Adventure: Travel Guide for Overlanding in Russia

In this updated travel guide, Coen and Karin-Marijke of Landcruising Adventure provide some advice for travel in eastern Russia.

  1. Why Eastern Russia
  2. Their Traveled Route in Russia
  3. Russian Language
  4. Who is Yuri
  5. Ferry Shipping from South Korea & Customs Clearance
  6. Vehicle Insurance
  7. Mobile Service / Sim Card / WiFi
  8. Roads in Russia’s Far East and Siberia
  9. Traffic Rules, Border Areas, and Police Checks
  10. Road Maps & (Guide) books about Russia
  11. A Word on Ticks
  12. Additional Travel Information Sources

Their guide is available here…

China will be the world’s top tourist destination by 2030

Chinese authorities have recognized that tourism is a key pillar of their economy, and they continue to invest heavily to improve infrastructure and standards, in addition to opening up the country with increasingly tourism-friendly policies and initiatives.

At the World Travel Market in London, Euromonitor International’s Head of Travel Caroline Bremner said: “Destinations like China are poised for a successful performance in inbound tourism, with China set to overtake France as the leading destination worldwide by 2030.”

The report estimates there will be 127 million arrivals in China each year by the end of the next decade, compared to 126 million in France and 116 million in the US.

And as household incomes and standards of living continue to rise, more Chinese are predicted to be travelling overseas in the coming decade than any other nationality.

Read more at World Economic Forum

Watch: Tamara Lunger and Simone Moro Climbing North Hemisphere’s Coldest Peak, Pik Pobeda

From YouTube: Sakha is a region of highs, lows and little else. It’s home to Pik Pobeda, the highest mountain in Siberia, and where the lowest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere was recorded – a deadly -71.3C. It’s also the desolate and hostile landscape in which alpinists Tamara Lunger and Simone Moro found themselves in February 2018, preparing to attempt the first ever winter ascent of this 3003m frozen monolith.

Watch: Rusty Autumn Colours in Siberia

From Landcruising Adventure:

Driving in Siberia, Russia during autumn we see the colors of the trees change by the day. We get the drone out and show you some stunning places with absolutely gob-smacking colors.

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