The island of Elidaey is actually a part of a group of islands called Vestmannaeyjar. A man found a picture on the internet of an isolated house in the midst of the small island, and it was named as the world’s loneliest house, becoming one of the safest places during the pandemic in 2020.
Elliðaey is the third largest island of Vestmannaeyjar, with an amazing volcanic archipelago scattered off the southern coast of Iceland.
The house on this island has caught much attention from the time the picture went viral on the internet. There were many conspiracy theories about the secluded house. Many were curious to find out about who lived in a rich green field with no electricity and connection with the outer world. Besides all the mysterious assumptions about the house, there lies an actual story behind it.
It is believed that the island wasn’t isolated until the 1700s. It is said that 300 years ago a family resided in the island, surviving on fishing, livestock and hunting. As time passed, the family eventually drifted away from the island in the 1930s because fishing and raising cattle was easier in the mainland.
In the early 1950s, the Hunting Association built a cabin called Ból (“Lair”) on the island for its members to use during the puffin hunting season in the summer. The island is rich in puffins, making it one of the best places to hunt puffins.
Even to date, this place is regarded as one of the finest places to hunt. For your surprise, the building on the island is not a house but a lodge without water and electricity. However, there is a sauna within the cabin. Yes, you read it right. A sauna. It was said that the sauna worked from rainwater collected.
You can get access to the island by a long boat ride and rest at the lodge away from all the dilemmas and enjoy peace of mind. And sorry, no internet either.