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Coordinates: 63°27′55″N 20°10′30″W / 63.46528°N 20.17500°W / 63.46528; -20.17500

Elliðaey (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈɛtlɪːðaˌeiː]; or Ellirey [ˈɛtlɪrˌeiː]) is a small island south of Iceland. It is the most northeastern of the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands), an archipelago consisting of 15 to 18 islands and assorted smaller rocks.[1]


The island has a size of 0.45 km2 (110 acres; 45 hectares), making it the third-largest island in the archipelago. It has no permanent population[2] and is not home to much wildlife except for an abundance of puffins.[3]

Elliðaey Hunting Association built a hunting lodge there, the only building on the island.[4]

Despite a widespread misconception among foreign fans, the Icelandic singer and artist Björk does not live on the island.[5] The misconception comes from a speech by the Icelandic prime minister, who in 2000 said he would be willing to allow Björk to live for free on an island in Breiðafjörður which is also named Elliðaey.[5] The artist, however, never purchased that island or bought a house there, and she has no connection to the identically named Elliðaey in Vestmannaeyjar.[5]

Elliðaey is part of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago off of Iceland’s southern coast. It is the island located farthest to the north-east among the group.

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  1. ^ Nuttall, Mark, ed. (2012). "Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)". Encyclopedia of the Arctic. Routledge. p. 2126. ISBN 9781136786808.
  2. ^ "The Truth Behind Iceland's Most Secluded House". Spot Cool Stuff Travel. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Bjork or Zombie Hunters? Netizens try to Guess Who Lives in 'World's Loneliest House' in Iceland". Network18 Media. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Find out who lives in the only house on this remote island". Earth Porm. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b c "Halda enn að Björk búi í Elliðaey". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 December 2020.


External links[]

  • Media related to Elliðaey at Wikimedia Commons
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