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When was the last time you felt as peaceful as Andy did at the end of “The Shawshank Redemption”? I bet you have never felt that way. Well, I did. Not because I ran away from prison but, because I could hear the waves which were kilometers away from me, so clearly, that my mind could think of nothing else but, peace. Yes, that’s EXACTLY how I felt. Only if I had the guts to dive down from those tall cliffs of the island into the North Atlantic Ocean, I would have.
Elliðaey is the northernmost of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands in the South Iceland. It’s the first island you see while going on a ferry to the Vestmannaeyjar Islands from Landeyjahöfn (South Iceland port).
Today, I am gonna tell you about Elliðaey, where lies the loneliest house in the world. There is not much information about this island on the internet. Some say that it belongs to an Icelandic singer, some say it’s a haunted house and some say it belongs to the government. None of it is true.
The house shown above, on the island Elliðaey belongs to the Elliðaey Hunting Association. Now, this hunting association does not exist since Puffin hunting was made illegal in South Iceland in the year, 2008. Since then, only on some selected days of the year, it is allowed to hunt Puffin on this island.
Nowadays, the house is locked even though it is all clean and well maintained on the inside. It’s a great house in my opinion.
Elliðaey is basically an island made of rocks and lava. No one is sure whether it came blowing off from another island or a volcano during an eruption and got settled here or the island itself was a volcano and threw parts out of it and created other islands in Vestmannaeyjar Islands.
I was there with my brother in law and we were scared as hell about the weather being so horrible that day, and we would have to cancel the entire plan and return with disappointment. Although, God was on our side (He always is) and He provided us the finest of the Icelandic weather there is to offer. A clear sunny day. Well, clear and sunny 4 hours, but yeah, it was worth it. Fell in love with it instantly.
Now, I have heard and read many strange stories that it is illegal to go on to this island and you can be thrown into prison for attempting to do so. It is all false. I mean, obviously you wouldn’t want to go there all by yourself because it is too risky since it does not have a proper harbor to dock your boat and neither does it have a proper route.
You must sort of jump a little and climb a little and walk (walk cautiously) a little in order to get to the island. Or, in other words, experience the most peaceful time of your life.
Elliðaey was special for me. Not because its one of those places which is hardly touched by humans (Although, it’s a cool reason), but because, the moment I saw the picture of this island on the internet, I knew I had to go there in any possible way.
I literally had to pull some strings, mind it, INTERNATIONALLY to go to this island. I talked to many people from Iceland who made it clear that you will find no one who can take you to Elliðaey but I was adamant on going there even if I had to do it myself.
Luckily, I found someone who could officially take me to the island and tell me great mysterious facts about it too. He also took me for hiking and rock climbing on this island as well as various other islands among the Vestmannaeyjar Islands.
I will have to ask him to mention his name here, but, if you ever wish to visit any of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands, you can contact me through any of my social media platforms and I will personally guide you how to do so.
Also, I have this audacity to do things which people don’t normally do or to go to places where people don’t normally go to. Its just my thing. So, the day I stepped onto this island, I felt so complete. Like, I could literally hear myself breathing. It was so quiet up there.
Gosh, I feel like going there right now. If you ever go there, promise me that apart from spending time on your phone ,cameras and drones and action cameras, you will give yourself at least 60 minutes to just stand up on the tallest cliff and just listen.