Two young brothers aged five and six went missing in Akureyri on Friday but were found safe and sound only hours later, having walked 4.5km (2.8mi) from home, RÚV reports.
The boys’ parents woke at 7.00am on Friday to discover that the brothers were gone. Hermann Karlsson, a duty officer with the Akureyri police, said the boys “…just decided when they woke up to go outside and play because in their minds, the day had started – the sun was shining and the weather was good.” The boys started off on their bikes, but then left them behind on Glerárgáta street and continued their journey on foot.
When the children were first reported missing, police decided to immediately ask for any information from the public about their whereabouts on Facebook, and quickly received a number of tips. As it happens, newly installed surveillance cameras on Glerárgata also proved useful. The cameras, which had only been connected the day before, helped police and searchers track the boys’ route.
The brothers’ foster father found them playing at at Naustaskóli school just before 10.00am.