To the bar

Texas Bar, Liefdefjord
Texas Bar, Liefdefjord

Spread out over Spitsbergen we find small cabins. Two beds, a table, a stove and some wood. But often at really nice places, like this one: Texas Bar in Liefdefjord. These cabins are overnight huts used by trappers in the first half of the 20th century. They had a main station, with a large building and several smaller cabins they could use to go to areas that were further away. Must have been a hard life, but one with awesome views…

Why the place is called Texas Bar? I don’t know, not because of the alcohol in the cabin, that’s for sure. The official book on the place names of Svalbard only gives the hint that it’s named after a state in the US, I couldn’t have thought of that myself…

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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