Two young boys, Sölvi Reyr Magnússon and Tristan Marri Elmarsson, this weekend proved themselves fearless problem solvers.
The pair had been swimming at Reykjavík’s Laugardalur swimming pool, while Tristan’s mother, Rakel Ósk Þórhallsdóttir, was busy helping her sister move to a new house. With so much going on, Rakel was running late to pick the boys up, so they solved the problem by thumbing a ride, with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, in the presidential limo.
The President had been at the pool complex giving prizes at a swimming competition, which is why his car was waiting outside. Tristan Marri approached the head of state and asked for a lift home, which Guðni took in his stride and quickly agreed to, DV reports.
“My son Tristan Marri is an EXTREMELY confident and very chatty boy. He called me 15-minutes ago and said: ‘Mum, you don’t need to collect me from swimming. I met Guðni the President here and told him you were running a bit late because you were helping your sister to move and whether he could maybe drive me and my friend home. So, mum, you don’t need to pick me up, I’ll arrive home in the presidential car in a little while,” Rakel Ósk wrote in a surprised Facebook post at the time.
In truth, at the time of writing, she thought her son was joking, but it turns out he wasn’t. Shortly afterwards, Tristan and Sölvi arrived home in the President’s car as promised—much to the shock of their parents.
Guðni has four children of his own—the first time children have been resident at Bessastaðir for decades—so likely saw nothing unusual in helping youngsters in need.