An intriguing story of a lonely house on a deserted island in Iceland
Since the discovery of the white house on the expanse of one of the Islands of the Vestmannaeyar archipelago, it has become an object with a lot of stories and legends. Its popularity is due not so much to its amazing location, but most of all to the question of its ownership, because everyone can’t wait to find out who is so thoroughly trying to protect their personal life from prying eyes.
Despite the isolation from the continent and the inaccessibility of the rocky shores, somehow the island of Elliðaey, part of the Vestmannaeyar archipelago, became a haven for people. It was there that the only house was discovered, standing on a picturesque plateau in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.
Reference: Vestmannaeyjar is a small archipelago with an area of 16.3 km2 located off the southern coast of Iceland. It consists of 14 Islands, several rocks and cliffs. In fact, a large group of Islands of Heimaey lives more than 4 thousand people, the rest are uninhabited.
After the photo of a lonely white house against a background of lush greenery was published Online, it became an object of special attention. Many people can’t wait to find out who is so tired of human society and civilization that went to the end of the world in the literal sense of the word, condemning themselves to complete solitude.
Naturally, on the Internet, legends and speculation have been walking and are still walking, and everyone is trying to stand out and find the most incredible version of who he still belongs to. Yes, this is understandable, because the photo of the “island of solitude” is really impressive, and the imagination draws just idyllic pictures of complete merging with nature away from noisy society.
As usual, many in their wild fantasies go too far, claiming that the island belongs to a mysterious billionaire who is hiding from the busy world on it, or a paranoid who has got a shelter in case of a zombie Apocalypse.
Others argue that Antigua was presented to the Prime Minister of Iceland famous singer björk for special merits to the country. This news was repeated with more and more details, but in the end they died down. It became known that the island of Antigua was put up for auction, which was going to participate and the Icelandic celebrity.
For unknown reasons, the singer refused to participate in the auction, and the people are again lost in guessing who became the owner of the only house and island. By the way, it is really a great place for privacy, because it is not so easy to get there. And this is not only due to the distance from the mainland and location in the waters of the ocean. As it turned out, mooring to a rocky island is quite problematic, not to mention the free ascent to the plateau.
This is due to its origin. Since the archipelago was created as a result of a volcanic eruption, the steep rocky shores and the elevation of one side of the island to a height of 145 m is not surprising. And only on the East side, where the lowest point is located, you can go to a small boat to the cliff and use a strong rope to climb to the surface.
But those who decide on such an adventure, on the top of the island are waiting for a truly unforgettable experience. This Paradise is especially beautiful in spring and summer, when the fragrant greenery, flowers and thousands of birds that have arrived for nesting will please the eye.
Company travelers can make only a few cows and sheep, which enterprising residents of the nearby inhabited island of Heimaaye grow on empty pastures. If you manage to get here in the middle of spring, you can see the bird market, where the main place is occupied by funny handsome puffins, whose behavior can be observed for hours.
Interesting fact: Atlantic puffins are a species of Northern seabird with a body shape similar to penguins, but they are not related. They spend most of their lives at sea and only come to land during the mating season. Moreover, pairs are created once and for life (live 10-15 years), although they are together only during hatching, and then each exists on its own until the next spring. For local residents, their meat is a delicacy.