As the saying goes, “No man is an island.” Then again, there are certain people who — for one reason or another — prefer to be alone whether for just a short span of time or for the rest of their lives.
One place that would be perfect for those who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of civilization, is a house situated in an island on the southern coast of Iceland. What many considered as probably the loneliest house on the planet, has just become the perfect place to survive COVID-19 or any pandemic.
The island of Elliðaey is actually part of a group of islands called Vestmannaeyjar.
There’s only one house on the small island of Elliðaey.
And it’s been called “The Loneliest House in the World”.
The little house on Elliðaey has no electricity or other modern-day conveniences. If you want to experience an “off-the-grid” existence, the place would be one of the top contenders. Most people call it, “The Loneliest House in the World.” It’s also dubbed as the perfect place to survive a Zombie Apocalypse.
A lot of wild stories have been spread about the house.
A mysterious cottage isolated from the rest of the world, the very sight of which naturally causes people to imagine all sorts of stories and scenarios about who lives in the house, and why all alone? How do they get their groceries, or medications? After photos of the island went viral on the Internet, even more questions and fabricated stories began to arise.
This gorgeous isolated home has an interesting story dating hundreds of years.
Rumors about the solitary house on Elidaey Island include that the house was inhabited by a religious hermit. Some claimed a paranoid recluse intent on surviving a coming Zombie Apocalypse lives there. Some also said that a shy billionaire lives there or that it was donated to Bjork, the famous singer from Iceland.
Neither of these rumors are true, but at least the Bjork story has some hint of truth to it. The singer does have a home on a different island, also located in Iceland, and also called Ellidaey. This island is different though, and is located on the west side of the country.
The real story is that, Elidaey island wasn’t always isolated. Around the 1700s (that’s 300 years ago!), there were five families living there. Aside from fishing and hunting, they also bred livestock. However, somewhere around the 1930’s, the families packed up and eventually left the island, realizing that their isolated community just didn’t have the opportunities unlike the ones available elsewhere.
So who lives here?
In 1953, the members of the Ellidaey Hunting Association of Iceland decided to build a lodge that would serve as shelter for members who want to hunt puffins. By “shelter,” it means that the house is simply a utilitarian structure that would provide you with a roof over your head and basic protection from the elements. The ‘hunting lodge’ does not have electricity or indoor plumbing, and sorry, no Internet either! Despite most modern amenities being completely vacant, the island retreat does have a sauna.
The solitary house serves as a retreat for a local hunting association.
Without water or electricity you might be wondering how a sauna operates here. There is some water available. The water used for the sauna, cooking and drinking comes from a rainwater collection system that is located at the lodge. Interestingly, there is a fence built around outside of the cabin, which makes it all the more mysterious.
It may be “lonely,” but the view is spectacular.
Keep in mind, though, that only members of the hunting association are allowed to stay at the house on the island of Elliðaey. Unless you are a member of the Ellidaey hunting association, or are close friends with a member, you won’t be able to stay at the isolated retreat. In simplicity, the members come to the cabin for shelter and a sauna when they are not out hunting for puffins.
Seeing the magical little house is enough without even going inside, all you have to do is drive by in a boat to catch a glimpse for yourself.
The World’s Smallest Inhabited Island Is Just Big Enough For A House And A Tree
One misstep and you’re swimming.
A lot of us have fantasized about owning an island where we can hide away from people and live in peace. Owning an island is also a status symbol, with lots of celebrities such as David Beckham and Leonard DiCaprio buying their own pieces of land from faraway places. But most of these islands are pretty big and can hold a large estate, complete with sweeping gardens and probably basketball courts. Wouldn’t be cool to own an island that is big enough for just one small house?
In Alexandria Bay in New York state lies a tiny speck of land just big enough for a small house and a tree. Aptly named Just Room Enough Island, it’s one of the 1,864 islands located on the St. Lawrence River which separates New York and Ontario, Canada.
This tiny speck of land in New York state is called Just Room Enough Island.
A Lonely Lighthouse Perfect for Surviving Any Apocalypse
One wrong step and you can plunge to your death below.
- It sits atop a narrow rock 120 feet tall and located 4.5 miles from the mainland.
- There were no helicopters yet during the time it was built.
- It was the inspiration for the best-selling thriller novel “Why Did You Lie?”
If you hate people and love the ocean, this is the perfect retreat of solace for you. A lighthouse perched on top of a high jutting rock – probably an extreme introvert’s dream.
From afar, the Þrídrangaviti lighthouse, also called Thridrangaviti or Thridrangar, is just a bright speck on top of that gray rock. As you get closer, you can see a red roof covering the top of a small structure that may be considered as one of the loneliest in the world.
The rocky cliff where the lighthouse built is located off the coast of the Westman Islands.
It’s about 4.5 miles from mainland Iceland and stands a commanding 120 feet tall.
This was built in 1939, a time when there were no helicopters yet, so doing it was no easy feat.
Project director Árni G. Þórarinsson described in an interview how it was done:
Family Builds an Awesome Underground Shelter for Future Catastrophes
The house looks awesome!
Now that countries are using biological, chemical, and nuclear warfare due to the extreme damage it can inflict on enemy troops, civilians are being more creative and thorough in preparing for emergencies. In response to this, a movement known as survivalism was established, in which survivalists or preppers actively prepare for emergencies and disasters. They stockpile food and water, learn medical and self-defense skills, and even build underground shelters for future catastrophes.
Let’s take a look at this family’s awesome underground shelter.
The materials used for the shelter are super-resistant.
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