An ice-filled wedding

After the landing at Pleneau Island, I spent some time in my cabin, watching a nature documentary and I was about to have a shower when I got a call from the captain over the radio. He told me I should get my camera and head outside. And well, if a captain says so, you go… And yes, he was right, it was stunning outside. I expected we would just hang around close to Pleneau, as we had to drop off campers in the same location, but the captain had moved the ship into the opposite ice-filled Girard Bay. The main reason for this was that we had a couple onboard who wanted to get (unofficially) married and the captain wanted to do that in a beautiful spot. I missed out on the wedding entirely, as I was far too busy filming and photographing the scenery around me.

Girard Bay and Hovgaard Island

It even got better when the sun started to set and the clouds got a little orange tint on the underside. Far to soon it was time to go inside again for another briefing. I could have stayed out until it was dark. I guess the newly wed couple had a day they will never forget, they had one of the most special places for their day.


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.

One comment

  • The glory of all of life is right here in this icy bay — the ice, the clouds, and everything in between. Stunning photo, Arjen. And most impressive for a sweet exchange of vows.


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