Nordic Couple to Set World Record for Largest Wedding in a Flooded Cave
Norwegian cave diver Ina Trælnes and her Finnish fiancée, Jani Santala, are aiming for the Official Guinness World Record of 'largest dive-access-only water-locked wedding ceremony.'
The couple has invited 70 guests to an underground wedding in the heart of the Norwegian mountains on 10 August. The ceremony will be held deep inside Plura, the largest water-filled cave in Northern Europe
'For us this is the ultimate love story,' said the bride, Ina Trælnes. 'The diving community is like family to us, and we are so happy that people are travelling from all over the world to make it for our special day. Cave diving is what brought us together, and to be able to have the wedding here in Plura is perfect. The ceremony will take place in the massive dry chamber - recently named "The Chapel". There is even an altar-shaped rock there.'
The Plura cave system is located 35 km from Mo i Rana in Norway, and was first discovered in the 1960s by a team of British geologists. The length of the entire cave system is estimated to be around 2.6km, and attracts around 300 divers each year.
Reaching the Chapel chamber involves a 450-metre dive into the cave, following marble passages that have been carved by the water over millions of years. 70 cave diving friends of the couple have been invited from all over the world, some from as far away as Singapore, Japan and Thailand. In total, more than 200 people will be attending the wedding.
'For those who are not able to join us in the cave, we will live-stream the ceremony on big screens in the viewing tent,' said Ina. 'We have a professional underwater film team documenting everything, as well as one of the leading underwater photographers in the Nordics, Pekka Tuuri, who will capture epic still pictures.'