Bjork was apparently given this house by the Icelandic government as thanks for being a great ambassador of Iceland. Now that I know she stays here from time to time, it’s even more perfect.
Thanks for the correction lazycoyote. Just dug a little bit deeper and saw that apparently the island, which is called Elliðaey island, doesn’t belong to Bjork after all. The story is below (taken from here):
The house on Elliðaey does not belong to Björk but is a hut owned by the Elliðaey Association which practices puffin hunting on the island in the summer and egg collecting in the spring. The association also has a steam bath on the island.
Elliðaey in Breiðafjörður is a rather large, horseshoe-shaped island northwest of Stykkishólmur, which is also rich in birdlife, including puffins. There is a lighthouse on the island which was built in 1951, as stated on nat.is.
Elliðaey used to be inhabited and was a location for verbúð, fishermen’s huts. In 1702, 17 people lived on the island on three farms. In 1845, the island had 15 inhabitants but in 1920 their number had dropped to five. As of 1960, none were left.
Björk’s interest in building a house on Elliðaey in Breiðafjörður one decade ago raised considerable controversy in Iceland.
In an article on mbl.is from February 7, 2000, the then Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson is reported to have said in parliament that he would like to grant Björk permission to do so and live on the island for free in gratitude for her contribution to the Icelandic nation.
The comment came in response to questions from the then opposition MP Steingrímur J. Sigfússon (now minister of finance) as to what the government’s policy on the sale of the state’s property was, whether the state’s assets that are for sale shouldn’t be advertised and how the PM felt about selling natural treasures.
Davíð responded that the general rule is that the assets of the state that are for sale should be advertised and that he was of the view that one should be careful about selling natural treasures.
The PM confirmed that it had been up for discussion that Björk might use Elliðaey on Breiðafjörður as a retreat.
However, it had been made clear to her that if the island would be sold, it would be advertised for sale so that others could also have the opportunity to acquire it, Davíð added.
In light of the controversy that arose surrounding her interest in the island, Björk dropped her plans in making Elliðaey on Breiðafjörður her island retreat.
via the Inspiration thread on SF.
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