Wednesday marked 25 years since the Chernoyl atomic disaster. It remains the world’s worst nuclear accident and is the only one classified as level seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale. Scientists say the radiation will affect Chernobyl for 48,000 years and that humans will be able to start repopulating the area in about 600 years. But bizarrely, it has recently become a popular tourist destination. Go figure?

If you can think of other places to top your travel ‘bucket list’, then here’s a haunting series of before and after photos from around the area. It’s pretty awe-inspiring that despite the region remaining radioactive, nature has still managed to reassert itself. Trees have pushed through thick concrete and there is a very healthy population of wolves, deer and boar.

This is the type of take over bid that I salute…

Images: ufunk