The Most Secluded House in the World – Iceland Puffin Hunting Lodge

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live out in the middle of absolutely nowhere?  Well, even though nobody lives here year round, this house is about as close as you’re going to get.  This may very well be the most secluded house in the world.  Located on an island among the Vestmann Islands south of Iceland called Elliðaey, this house is actually an Icelandish Puffin Hunting Lodge.  Yeah, that’s right.  Crazy guys and gals boat and hike all the way out here to snag some game, and by game I mean they kill these cute little creatures called puffins.  Don’t know what a puffin is?  I didn’t either.

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Apparently around three hundred years ago, this particular island was occupied by five families that lived on it in huts and survived by fishing, raising cattle, and by hunting puffins.  I’m sure there must be a reasonable explanation for why people still hunt these creatures, but since they’re so damn cute, I’m finding it difficult to not feel sorry for them.  I just hope that the modern hunters that use this lodge are hunting respectfully, so as not to cull too much of the population.  Who knows, maybe there is an overabundance of them.  For all of us who love animals, let’s hope that’s the case.

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I mean, look how cute these little guys are!

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Many years after the people who had lived on this island were dead and gone, it was realized that this island was one of the best places in Iceland to hunt puffin, so in early 1953, the Elliðaey Hunting Association created a lodge on the island for its members during the hunting season.

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Of remote places to be, this particular building takes the cake as the most secluded house in the world.  It is this building that still draws in photographers to this day.  Somewhat obviously, this place has no electricity, no internet, or indoor plumbing.  But since it’s in Iceland, it does have a sauna.  Of all its features, the oddest is that the lodge is surrounded by a fence.  Some say it’s to keep the sheep at bay, while still others claim that it is to keep the puffins from launching a counter attack upon the lodge.  Either way, this place is absolutely gorgeous, and would be one helluva place to visit.

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Original Post at Niume.

Check out another post on this beautiful island at The TravelSpot Blog.

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