Trygve Bernhardsen, 79, was very excited to marry Ellen Hertzberg, 69, and he wanted to prove it. So much so that he decided to swim over 2,600 feet of fjord – clad with only a bow tie and swimming trunks – to the wedding ceremony.
When the bride-to-be was asked her opinion on the gesture, she seemed content to let him do what he wanted, “He didn’t want to marry me unless he was allowed to swim to his bride, and I thought that was great!
Berhardsen completed the swim with his two grandchildren in great fashion, though it was difficult for the 79-yr-old, “It was terribly cold, I could feel the cold towards the end of the swim. My legs were completely stiff.”
Hertzberg, who met Bernhardsen 15 years ago when he tied his yacht near her home -there’s Norwegian courtship for you – never had any doubts about his abilities.
“I was never afraid. He’s like a seal. This swim was nothing for him. I’ve found the best man in the world.”
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