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President Makes Surprise Appearance as Tour Guide

President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson delighted foreign visitors to Reykjavík City Hall when he briefly stepped in as a guide on their tour, Vísir reports.

Guðni was leaving a meeting when he encountered the group, which was gathered around the large topographical map of Iceland that’s housed in the lobby of the building. “As you can see, we’re down there [in Reykjavík],” he pointed out to guests. “But there’s plenty more to see, so if you have the time, and if you can come back to Iceland, you’re always welcome.”

“The weather is always nice,” he joked. “It’s always sunny. And the people are lovely, I’m told.”

Speaking to a reporter who was on hand after the visitors left, Guðni noted that the interaction spoke to some of Iceland’s best qualities as a country. “We here in Iceland can turn our smallness into a strength. This is an example, perhaps, that in this great country of ours, it happens that foreigners run into me, or other people, in public places.”

The tourists agreed. “That was amazing,” enthused Synthia and Kylin Salsbery from the US. “He seemed so friendly and welcoming—and what a surprise.”


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