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Tiger and Elin Woods' new home: surrounded by ice

The rustic Swedish estate purchased by Elin Nordegren Woods doesn't have indoor plumbing during winter.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Elin Nordegren Woods’ new home is so private that in winter you need a hydrocopter to reach it. Located on an island in the Stockholm archipelago, Tiger Woods’ wife’s new estate is surrounded by miles of ice.

Nordegren Woods paid $2.3 million for the estate, which includes a main house, three small guest houses, two outdoor storehouses, a private beach, a mini-harbor and a boathouse sauna.

She closed the deal with the help of twin sister Josefine Loennborg, a London lawyer, according to Swedish media. The idyllic 258,000-square-foot property, named “Faaglar Island Garden,” is located on Faaglar, which translates as “Bird,” Island. It went on the market in September, and Nordegren Woods closed on the purchase last week.

Paparazzi will not find it easy to visit Bird Island, accessible only by a two-hour ferry ride from Stockholm. The ferry travels once or twice a day only.

“In the winter time it only travels some three times a week,” said Urban Andersson, a neighbor, in a phone conversation.

The frigid Stockholm winter slows and freezes travel.

“When it is ice, the only way to get here is by hydrocopter,” Andersson said. A hydrocopter is an amphibious aircraft-propelled catamaran often used in arctic coastal regions during times of freeze and ice. “During the winter time, almost no one lives on the island,” he said.

(Update: Elin Nordegren Woods epitomizes the Swedish character, writes Marcus Oscarsson. But will her fame as Tiger Woods' wife allow her the privacy she craves in her native land?)

Elin Nordegren Woods grew up in Vaxholm, the small town near Bird Island. Vaxholm has a population of about 4,800 and can be reached from the Woods’ new home by ferry. In emergencies, the trip can be made by a 30-minute taxi boat ride — that is, when there is no ice.

Although the setting of the Woods’ new mansion is idyllic and exclusive, it requires renovations.

“Tiger and Elin have a lot to do before the house reaches a nice level. They took over the house as it was,” opined a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous. “If you ask me, they need to paint it both outside and inside. The interior can certainly be improved as well as the bathroom and the garden. It is all rusty and worn. But I guess they can afford it.”

Another neighbor said she worried the Woods would change the home into something much grander, and destroy the island’s picturesque style, but she was reassured by the real estate agent that would not happen.

“They do not plan to build new houses or to change the main building very much,” she said. “No, instead they will restore the house to its original style and keep the island the way it has always been. That is wonderful because that is exactly the kind of neighbors we appreciate.”

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