Tiny island named ‘Volvo Island’ due to stranded 2001 Volvo sitting on it

  • A tiny island has been named Volvo Island because there’s a 2001 Volvo on it
  • The Volvo has been visible on Google Street View since 2015
  • The island is in the middle of a lake in Ottawa, Illinois

Published on Mar 20, 2024 at 3:51 PM (UTC+4)
by Siddharth Dudeja

Last updated on Mar 20, 2024 at 7:09 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Here’s a peculiar Google Maps find for you – eagle-eyed internet users spotted an old Volvo car sitting on a tiny island, which has now been nicknamed Volvo Island.

A 2001 silver Volvo S80 saloon has been sitting on the island – not much bigger than the length of a car itself – for more than a decade now.

Volvo Island can be found in the middle of a lake in Ottawa near Chicago, Illinois.

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From luxury tourist resorts on islands near Saudi Arabia to this weird little island with a car stuck on it, there are a lot of interesting islands.

Volvo Island is just one of them – and it comes with an interesting backstory – just like the private island Richard Branson accidentally bought.

Volvo Island has been visible on Google Maps and Street View since 2015.

It has now become something of a tourist attraction for visitors to Ottawa, which isn’t to be confused with the Canadian capital city.

Since it was spotted, the island has had more than 200 reviews and boasts a 4.9 rating on Google Maps.

You can even view the location from Google Earth in satellite view and see the silver saloon in the middle of the lake.

Fascinating stuff, right?

But who put the car there?

That’s the question we all need answered, right?

Scott Mann, the owner of the island, reportedly put the Volvo on the rock for a fun little contest back in 2012.

He wanted the local residents to guess how the car mysteriously ended up in the middle of the man-made lake, which was formerly a mine until it was flooded.

However, he eventually ditched the idea to prevent kids from making potentially dangerous trips to the island in 38-foot-deep water, risking their lives in the process.

When Mann first put the car there, a land bridge connected the island to the shore, so it wasn’t technically an island back then.

He used a tow truck to tow the Volvo to the end of that land and used an excavator to dig the rest of the land to make it appear as an island.

Since then, the 2001 car has sat there, all alone on Volvo Island.

Despite being on the island for around 12 years now, the car seems to be in decent condition and without water damage.

That’s good build quality right there.

This Volvo might still be able to drive, but it can’t drive underwater so it will be staying on the island for the foreseeable future.

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Siddharth Dudeja

Siddharth is a tech nerd with a secret love of all things cars. He has been writing for a few years now, and on his free time you would find him gaming when he's not procrastinating.