Mystery surrounds a tiny white building dubbed the ‘world’s loneliest house’ on the remote island of Elliðaey, just south of Iceland.

The only structure on the whole island, the house has attracted several myths over the years. According to one tale a billionaire investor who planned to move there in the event of a zombie apocalypse built it. Another, which was later debunked, claimed that the government of Iceland had gifted the island to Icelandic singing sensation Bjork.

There were many who claimed that the house didn’t actually exist, rather that it had been photo-shopped in and the images circulated online.

The island, which is now completely deserted, was first inhabited about 300 years ago. It is said that five families who lived there relied solely on hunting puffin, fishing, and raising cattle. But by the 1930s, the last known residents had moved out, and the island’s been deserted ever since.

The reality around the ‘lonely house’ is far less rousing than the theories surrounding it.

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

The structure serves as a base for the unit to support their hunting activities – whatever they might entail. And before you ask no, the place doesn’t have electricity, water, gas or internet.

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