'I d-d-d-do': Couple become first to marry at the North Pole

Ruth Doherty
'I d-d-d-do': Couple become first to marry at the North Pole
'I d-d-d-do': Couple become first to marry at the North Pole

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A Norwegian couple have become the first people in the world to marry at the North Pole.

Arctic explorer Borge Ousland, 49, quite literally whisked bride Hege, 35, to the top of the world to say 'I do'.

The happy couple flew from Oslo to a group of islands just north of Norway before boarding a Russian research aircraft to the Barneo base.

Then the best man, bridesmaid and a small number of friends and family boarded a helicopter that jetted them directly to the North Pole.

'I d-d-d-do': Couple become first to marry at the North Pole
'I d-d-d-do': Couple become first to marry at the North Pole

Caters


Borge told The Sun: "For me it was all about marrying the woman I love in a place I love.

"It was a very emotional ceremony. Everyone has said it is a very fitting location for me to wed because of my job."

But how did he sell the idea to his wife?

He said: "I mooted the idea subtly to my wife, Hege, to test the waters. And when she said it was a fabulous idea I got to work straightaway trying to make it happen.

"Thankfully we found a priest called Dag Henrik Berggrav who was willing to marry us."

Weirdly, just as they were saying their vows, a lone skier whizzed past and joined them for a glass of Champagne.

Borge added: "It was very surreal - we were in one of the remotest places in the world and there was this guy casually skiing along.

"We then headed back to the Russian research base and had a big party there."

Thankfully, the couple are heading off to thaw out in Italy for their honeymoon.

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