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Newlyweds Spot “Vampire Seals” in Iceland

Travelers Barrie and Bungon O’Sullivan tied the knot—for the fifth time in five years—in the church of Kópavogur in Iceland’s capital region on Saturday.


Regular seals at the Reykjavík Zoo. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Among the experiences they’ve had during their time in the country was watching seals where they were surprised to see “vampire seals”.

“Someone told me there were no walruses in Iceland but I disagree because we took pictures of walruses here. Unless they were vampire seals—they had very long teeth,” Barrie told Morgunblaðið.

The happy couple first got married in Thailand, Bungon’s home country. Since then they’ve celebrated their anniversary with a new wedding each year. They’ve married twice in Thailand, once in Australia, Papua New Guinea and now Iceland too.

“We thought it would be romantic to get married once a year, to celebrate what renews our love. We thought it was a wonderful idea and something that other people don’t do,” Barrie said of their motivation.

This time the reception was held at the restaurant Lækjarbrekka in Reykjavík with 42 people in attendance. “Because my job takes me all around the world we invite our colleagues, friends and others to celebrate with us.”

Barrie, who was born in Ireland, works as a health and environmental protection consultant in the oil and gas industry.

“So far this wedding is our favorite. We went straight up to a volcano, did the entire Golden Circle and had fun at your ski resorts—we love the ski resorts,” Barrie said.

There is still snow and good skiing conditions in the slopes of Skálafell, outside Reykjavík, as Anna Laufey Sigurðardóttir, who chairs sport club KR’s skiing division, told Morgunblaðið.

The couple’s honeymoon is coming up. “We will go to a hotel in the Icelandic highlands next weekend,” Barrie concluded.


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