Travel influencers pose for wedding snaps on the world’s most dangerous train through Sahara Desert
Travel influencers posed for wedding photos on the world’s most dangerous 2km iron train across the Sahara.
Kristijan Ilicic, 35, and his blogger wife Andrea Trgovcevic, 29, from Croatia, had the most extreme post-wedding photoshoot during their unconventional honeymoon to Mauritania in northwest Africa.
Wanting their honeymoon to be “unique,” the daredevils boarded the heaviest, longest and most dangerous freight train, the Train du Desert, for the dirty 20-hour journey through harsh conditions.
Wow: Kristijan Ilicic, 35, and his blogger wife Andrea Trgovcevic, 29, from Croatia, had the most extreme post-wedding photoshoot during their unconventional honeymoon to Mauritania in northwest Africa. In one fell swoop, Andrea hung over the moving train while Kristijan held her hand to pull her back
Travel influencers Kristijan Ilicic and his blogger wife Andrea Trgovcevic, from Croatia, posed for wedding photos on the world’s most dangerous 2km iron train through the Sahara desert
Kristijan and Anna wore wedding attire for their unique photos, despite the fact that the daytime temperature can reach 45C
Kristijan shared the incredible photos with his 337,000 followers on his Instagram page @kristijanilicic.
Kristijan told the Mail Online: ‘We got married and decided to go on a slightly different honeymoon than expected.
“We wanted our honeymoon to be unique and special, something we would remember for the rest of our lives, so it couldn’t be a cliché with white sand, turquoise sea and palm trees.
‘I have visited more than 150 countries in the world and we have both seen so many beautiful beaches from Thailand, Seychelles, Aruba, Curacao, Bahamas, St. Lucia, Mauritius… We really saw a lot.
Kristijan and Andrea wanted their honeymoon to be ‘unique’ as they have already visited the quintessential honeymoon style destinations
“This time it had to be something completely different. And we found it in… Mauritania.”
Mauritania’s Train du Desert operates a daily service from the port of Nouadhibou on the Atlantic coast to the iron ore mines at Zouerat to a small port on the Atlantic Sea, Nouadhibou.
Passenger cars are sometimes attached to freight trains, but more often than not, Mauritanians choose to ride dangerously and for free on top of the ore-filled freight cars.
However, falls are common and temperatures can reach over 45C during the day and below zero at night.
Wanting their honeymoon to be ‘one of a kind’, the daring newlyweds climbed on the heaviest, longest and most dangerous freight train for the grubby 20-hour journey through the harsh desert conditions
Kristijan shared the incredible photos with his 337,000 followers on his Instagram page @kristijanilicic
They wanted their honeymoon to be special and something they would remember for the rest of their lives
The couple didn’t want to opt for a cliché honeymoon with white sand, turquoise sea and palm trees
The travel blogger said: ‘Over 200 cars only carry iron ore, there are no passenger cars, so you just climb on it and the 700-mile drive can begin.
‘The 20-hour drive is quite a challenge, the weather conditions are extreme. During the day the temperature reaches more than 45 degrees Celsius and when night falls it drops below zero degrees.
“That’s where we decided to do our post-wedding photo shoot!”
The couple stayed on the freight train for the entire 20-hour journey, and they found the conditions at night to be the most difficult part of the journey.
Kristijan said, “The hardest thing was the night, because the temperatures went below zero and it’s dusty, with wind and iron ore coming at you all night.”
However, the pair admitted it was worth the hard night, because “the rest was really exciting and full of adventure.”
The couple also caused a storm in the desert before hopping on the freight train for the truly unique wedding album photos.
The sweet couple radiated glamor as they posed for some stunning sunset photos in the sand dunes
The couple called their honeymoon destination “the most underrated tourist destination” and said it actually has a lot to offer
The pair formed a storm atop the freight cars for the truly unique wedding album photos taken by Kristijan’s friend @lucky_m_e on Instagram.
Some breathtaking images show the bride and groom posing in their wedding clothes and glasses as the train races through the desert.
In one fell swoop, the Andrea hovered over the moving train as Kristijan holds her hand to pull her back.
The couple called their honeymoon destination “the most underrated tourist destination” and said it actually has a lot to offer.
The newlyweds said the 20 hour ride was ‘really challenging’ because the weather conditions are extreme in the desert
Before the trip, the couple took a selfie during the day where the temperature reached more than 45 degrees Celsius
Kristijan even did the viral Gangnam style dance while sitting on top of the train, which he shared on his Instagram
There are no passenger cars, so the couple had to climb on the train for the 700-kilometer journey
Kristijan said: ‘What we have learned is that Mauritania is the most underrated tourist destination with no more than 6,000 people visiting each year.
‘It really has a lot to offer. And that’s not only because there are very well preserved old libraries and the famous ‘Eye of Sahara’ (recently even believed to be the drowned Atlantis), but mainly because the people are very hospitable.
The couple even remarried after villagers surprised them with a traditional ceremony.
The couple stayed on the freight train for the entire 20-hour journey and they found the conditions at night to be the most difficult part of the journey.
The couple said the hardest part was the night, as the temperatures went below zero and it was very dusty
Andrea was covered in black dust and iron after spending the night on the freight train with her new husband
‘In a village we visited, local people surprised us with a wedding ceremony according to their local traditional rituals.
“Andrea and I were dressed in their traditional wedding attire, and it was a two-hour dance, drumming and singing experience that I will never forget. And by the way, yes, it looks like Andrea and I have been married twice.
‘Everything was so moving, surprisingly beautiful, unexpected and pure.
“It wasn’t exactly your typical honeymoon, but it was also the trip of a lifetime.”
The couple even remarried after villagers surprised them with a traditional ceremony
They were dressed in local traditional wedding attire and it was a two hour dance, drum and song experience