Elliðaey is one of the Westman Islands, Off the south coast of Iceland is a group of islands called veiðihúsið (Vestmannaeyjar) means night. A small islet that protrudes from the cold North Atlantic Ocean that is exclusively populated by sea birds that use the island as a nesting site. What makes this small island an interesting island is the mysterious house that is in it. The only house on the island of Elliðaey off the coast of Iceland. Some 300 years ago, this island was inhabited by five families living in huts and survived fishing, raising cattle on the island and hunting puffins nesting on the cliffs.
|Ellidaey Island off of Westman Islands. Image credit Christopher Lynn|
Elliðaey is the third largest island of Iceland with an area of 0.45 square kilometers. Its Believed to have been formed in a rash 5-6 thousand years ago. The island is accessible through a string in the lower east side and by a boat from the mainland side. There are some solitary company you keep cattle on the island and thousands of seabirds that use it as a nesting site. The island is uninhabited, but has a large hunting lodge, constructed in 1953. The lodge is owned by Elliðaey Hunting Association. Despite rumors to the contrary circulating on the internet the island was not gifted to the pop singer Bjork by the Icelandic government. It is still privately owned and operated by the Elliðaey Hunting Association.
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|Elliðaey Island Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland — Living on the cliff, A different view of the lonely house. Image credit Chris Zielecki|
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|Black rocky beach, Those two islands are named Elliðaey and Bjarnerey. Image credit Þórður Halldórsson|