If you find remote, old houses more creepy than charming, you’re not gonna want to go anywhere near this house in Iceland, dubbed “the world’s loneliest house”.
Only accessible via a harrowing boat journey, the house is located off the southern coast of Iceland on the remote island of Elliðaey. YouTuber Ryan Trahan made the trip and filmed his experience so you know exactly what you’re getting into if you decide to follow in his footsteps.
Trahan first takes a taxi to a ferry on the mainland, which drops him off on an island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, and from there, he takes yet another boat — with the help of two locals named Bjarni and Ragnar — to Elliðaey.
The world’s loneliest house has been the source of major unfounded speculation over the years. One theory posits that the house was gifted to Icelandic pop sensation Bjork by the Icelandic government. Another says that it was built by an eccentric billionaire in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Many publications claim the house is abandoned, but considering that in his video Trahan shows a full pantry, a modern working kitchen, and bathroom, as well as electronic equipment and a fire extinguisher, that seems very unlikely.
The reality is that a handful of families lived on Elliðaey in the mid-late 18th century, but moved to the mainland in the 1930s. Today, the island is home to sheep, puffins, and seals, as well as some bird scientists who use the world’s loneliest house to conduct research. Although some rumors say it’s also a lodge used by puffin hunters.