Moscow: Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland and his bride Helge became the first couple ever to get married at the North Pole.
According to Russian expedition Barneo-2012, the couple, accompanied by a pastor and around 30 guests, arrived at the Russian Barneo ice base on board an Antonov An-74 aircraft and then took a helicopter to reach the North Pole Friday.
The wedding ceremony was held in accordance with all traditions. There were lit candles, dressed up bridesmaid and bestman, and the bride dressed in a silk white wedding dress.
But the Cross was made of a couple of crossed skis.
The ceremony ended with champagne and fireworks.
The unique event, however, took an unscheduled turn when British explorer Mark Wood crashed the wedding.
Wood was solo-skiing to the North Pole as part of an expedition to raise awareness on climate change. In January, he completed a 985 km skiing trek to the South Pole and on Wednesday completed the 222 km distance from the Russian ice station to the North Pole.
"At the South Pole, there's an American base, but at the North there's just ice," the 45-year-old explorer told BBC. "But when I arrived, Borge Ousland was getting married. He had 20 or 30 people at the North Pole, flown in by helicopter."
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Updated Date: Apr 14, 2012 10:54:32 IST