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First couple to get married at the North Pole: Norwegian explorer Børge Ousland’s Arctic wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 16th, 2012 0 comments yet. Be the First


Here’s a winter wedding with a difference. Norwegian explorer Børge Ousland and his new wife Hege have become the first couple to tie the knot at the most northern place on earth, the North Pole.

The two wed in a traditional Lutheran ceremony and had a makeshift cross made of skies in the magnificent outdoor ceremony. The bride and groom travelled to the Pole along with around 30 guests and a pastor by helicopter, facing temperatures around -23 Celsius.

courtesy Barneo Ice Station,

Surrounded by magnificent scenery, the groom wore a traditional Norwegian suit while the bride wore a long, white wedding dress complete with a woolly hooded jacket. As the newlyweds and their wedding guests were sipping celebratory mulled wine, they did get a wedding guest they weren’t expecting. A British explorer, Mark Wood, who had skied 140 miles to reach the North Pole, accidentally crashed the wedding.

When veteran polar explorer Ousland saw Wood approaching he went over to congratulate the skier on finishing the long trek, according to the Coventry Observer.

The Arctic nuptials ended with a fireworks display and champagne.

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