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The loneliest house in the world has its own real secret

The lonely house on the Icelandic island of Elliðaey has generated numerous theories and speculations, including a refuge for billionaires in the event of an apocalypse or the abode of a religious fanatic.

However, these stories have been disproved. The real story behind the isolated mansion dates back to the 1950s, when it was built by the Elliðaey Hunting Association as a refuge for puffin hunters. The island of Elliðaey, uninhabited for about 90 years, is an ideal nesting habitat for these endangered birds.

Environmentalists visit the island and use the lodge to monitor and protect puffins during their summer breeding season.

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We are in Iceland
A picturesque lonely house (without electricity or gas) on a remote island may look like something out of a fairy tale. But it is a real home on the isolated Icelandic island of Elliðaey.
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Rumors and speculation
In 2020, a rumor circulated online that the abandoned property was built by a billionaire who intended to move there in the event of a zombie apocalypse or nuclear war.
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The charm of the house during the pandemic
The house then became a topic of discussion during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many said it was a haven for introverts and people who preferred to live by themselves.
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Other popular theories
Rumors then suggested that a religious fanatic lived on the lonely island after being cut off from society. Another popular theory then linked the house and the island to the Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk.
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A hunter's lodge
According to 'official' reports, the house is instead a lodge set up by a puffin hunting club. The house was built in the 1950s as a hunting lodge by the Elliðaey Hunting Association.
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The island of Elliðaey and its truth
The island of Elliðaey, uninhabited for about 90 years, is an ideal nesting habitat for these endangered birds. It is 110 acres (about 44.51 hectares) in size and is home to a large population of northern birds known as puffins as well as other bird species.
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The puffin
This bird can reach a length of more or less 30 centimetres and a maximum weight of 600 grams. Thanks to the shape of its legs, it can dig nests right in the ground. They usually live on cliffs and can also be found in Northern Europe.
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The conservation of puffins
To this day, many environmentalists often visit the island, taking advantage of the small lodge, and look after the structure, trying to safeguard the puffin, now, unfortunately, on the verge of extinction.
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26/02/2024
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