Experience to be stranded on the North Pole
The Amsterdam Icebar takes you on a voyage to the Arctic. Step aboard the ship of the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz and conquer the ice. In June 1594 Willem Barentsz and his crew set off on their first journey to find the Northeast Passage. It was believed to be a new route to the Indies. The crew made it a long way, meeting polar bears and walruses on the route. But they were forced to return when they were faced with large icebergs. A year after his return, Willem Barentsz went on a second trip to find the passage. This time he took a different route. But now he had to turn around because of unexpected weather that had left the Kara Sea frozen.
Stranded on Nova Zembla
In total, Willem Barentsz made three voyages searching for the Northeast Passage. The last and third one being the most famous one. This is the adventure you’ll go on when visiting the Amsterdam Icebar. In May 1596 Willem Barentsz decided to try one more time. The voyage went great until they were close to the island Nova Zembla. The ship became stuck between the many icebergs and floes and wasn’t able to continue. Left with no other choice than to sit out the winter on Nova Zembla, Willem Barentsz crew took apart the ship and used to wood to build a lodge they called ‘Het Behouden Huys’ (The Saved House). Here in the extreme cold, they spent the winter until the ice had melted enough to built small boats and sail towards rescue.
The Icebar experience
The Amsterdam Icebar recreates the experience of Nova Zembla. Feel what it’s like to sit in the cold and keep warm by drinking alcoholic beverages. Luckily you’ll be presented with a warm coat and gloves to help you keep warm when you enter the Amsterdam Icebar. Step aboard Willem Barentsz ship and go on an arctic adventure at the Amsterdam Icebar!