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Mystery of world's loneliest house on remote island that has been empty for over 100 years

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Daily Mirror
 2020-12-14
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Mysterious theories have swirled around a small building dubbed the world's loneliest house.

Photos emerged of a tiny white house on the island of Elliðaey, a remote island south of Iceland.

Being the only building on the deserted island, it has attracted several myths.

According to one rumour, the house was built by a billionaire who planned to move to the remote island in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

Other people suggested a religious hermit may be living there.

Another popular theory - which was later debunked - said that the Icelandic government had gifted the island to singer Bjork.

Some even claimed the house did not exist but it had been photo-shopped before the pictures were published online.

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The remote island is a base to hunt puffins (Image: Facebook)

Elliðaey, part of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, is now completely deserted but it was inhabited about 300 years ago.

Five families who lived there relied on fishing, hunting puffins and raising cattle.

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Elliðaey island is now deserted (Image: Facebook)
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The tiny white house is the only building on the remote island

But by the 1930s, the last residents left the island which has been deserted since.

The reality surrounding the mysterious house on the island is far less exciting than the theories around it.

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Tours are available to visit the remote island (Image: Facebook)
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The island was inhabited 300 years ago but nobody lives there anymore nowadays (Image: Getty Images)

It was built by the Elliðaey Hunting Association as a base to hunt puffins which feast on the abundant supply of fish in the waters below.

The house serves as a hunting base for the group to support their activities on the island.

Being on the remote island, the property does not have electricity, running water and indoor plumbing.

However, it has a sauna which is fed by a natural rainwater collection system.

The island is also listed as a nature reserve and protected area.

Tour companies offer day trips to Elliðaey for tourists who want to explore its natural environment.

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