Carl XVI Gustaf, the king of Sweden, is currently in Iceland, enjoying himself some salmon fishing, according to a statement from the Swedish embassy.
Apparently the king didn’t want to make a big deal about his arrival in Iceland, as nobody knows any details about his travel plans. Nonetheless, that hasn’t stopped Icelanders from taking advantage of their small geographical size in trying to spot His Majesty.
Ólaf Eggertsson, a farmer from Þorvaldseyri in southeast Iceland, told mbl.is that he met the king, who asked him how he and others like him who live near the Eyjafjallajökull volcano have dealt with the eruption and its after-effects. Other media have not confirmed this story.
The king of Sweden is perhaps best known to the rest of the world as the presenter of the each year’s Nobel Prizes, but he is also quite the philanthropist, and has a particularly keen interest in agricultural sciences, which would explain his interest in how farmers had dealt with a volcanic blast.