Having fun

A lot of time was spent doing research during those summer months in Ny Ålesund. But there was also time for other things of course. There was a gym, a sauna, the option to watch videos (yes, this was before Netflix…) and a network of huts in the fjord that you could book for the weekend. But the most important place was this red building with veranda: Mellagret, the bar. Open only twice a week in the evening, but then the parties were great.


Mellagret Kafe

It was an exceptional place, a bar in a small community where most people know each other. This gives the place an atmosphere different from most pubs. Only one rule: what happens in Mellagret, stays in Mellagret. So no photos from the inside…


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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