Introduced18 November 1987
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
Intended useEntities connected with Iceland
Actual useVery popular in Iceland
Registered domains86,414 (2022-28-12)[1]
Registration restrictionsNone
StructureRegistrations are directly at second level
Dispute policiesIcelandic Consumer Agency and/or ISNIC's Board of Appeals
Registry websiteisnic.is

.is (dot is) is the top-level domain for Iceland. The country code is derived from the first two letters of Ísland, which is the Icelandic word for Iceland. Registration of .is domains is open to all people and companies without any special restriction.

The first .is domain, hi.is, is the domain of Háskóli Íslands (University of Iceland). It was registered on December 11, 1986, making it one of the earliest ever domain registrations on the Internet.[3]

According to McAfee report "Mapping the Mal Web," .is was evaluated as one of the top 10 most secure TLDs in the world in the years 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. No report has come out since then.[4] As of December 2022, there were just over 86,000 .is domains registered.[5]

As of October 2016, .is domains can be registered for up to five years.[6]

Domain suspensions

In April 2013, ISNIC briefly hosted The Pirate Bay's domain ThePirateBay.is.[7][8]

In 2014, ISNIC suspended two domains which hosted material produced by the Islamic State, including Khilafah.is.[9][8]

In September 2017, ISNIC briefly hosted American neo-Nazi domain dailystormer.is, which had been removed by several domain Registries around the world. It was pulled from its .is domain after its publisher did not fulfill the standard procedure of disclosing his address.[10]

In September 2022, ISNIC suspended the .is domain for Kiwi Farms, a controversial internet trolling and harassment forum. [11]

Domain hacks

Many domain hacks exist which use the .is suffix as the English verb is.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Number of currently active domains by year". ISNIC Registry. 2022-12-01. Archived from the original on 2022-12-03. Retrieved 2022-12-17.
  2. ^ "ISNIC Registry: Domain Rules". Isnic.is. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
  3. ^ "ISNIC Lénaskrá: Leit í rétthafaskrá (WHOIS)". isnic.is.
  4. ^ "ISNIC Lénaskrá: Fyrirtækið" (in Icelandic). Archived from the original on 2008-12-21. Retrieved 9 January 2009. .IS amongst the most secure top level domains in the world.
  5. ^ "Tölulegar upplýsingar um rótarlénið .is" (in Icelandic). Archived from the original on 28 June 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  6. ^ ".is registrations can now be renewed for up to five years". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  7. ^ "Pirate Bay Finds Safe Haven in Iceland, Switches to .IS Domain". 2013-04-25.
  8. ^ a b Lee, Timothy B. (September 23, 2017). "Iceland authorities weighing options after neo-Nazi site registers there". Ars Technica. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  9. ^ "Announcement". ISNIC. 12 October 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-01-28. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  10. ^ Blake, Andrew (September 29, 2017). "The Daily Stormer, neo-Nazi website, loses Icelandic web address in latest domain spat". The Washington Times. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Sumarliðadóttir, Karlotta (September 10, 2022). "Lénum sjaldan lokað á grundvelli innihalds á vef". mbl.is. Retrieved September 10, 2022.