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Apr 25, 2019 - First day of summer!

First day of summer!

The First day of Summer (Sumardagurinn fyrsti) has been a public holiday in Iceland for a very long time. Therefore we are not at the office today (Thursday) but will be back tomorrow (Friday). About First day of Summer in Iceland

Apr 17, 2019 - Easter holidays

Easter holidays

ISNIC´s office will be closed for five days over the Easters, i.e. from April 18th (Thursday) to April 23. (Tuesday). We will be back to our desks on Tuesday April 23.

As always you can register, renew, redelegate, transfer and delete domains 24/7 using our website. The easiest way to find your login information is to type your domain name in the search window on our front page, click on "Lost PW" link by your email address, and proceed from the email you got from ISNIC.

Thank you for registering a .IS domain.

Happy Easter everyone. Be careful, travel safely.

Apr 11, 2019 - Operational meeting

Operational meeting

Due to our annual operational meeting our service will be limited on Friday the 12th of April. Our office in Katrínartún will be closed but web chat, telephone and email will be answered as quickly as possible. Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Jan 2, 2019 - DNS Flag Day - February 1, 2019

DNS Flag Day - February 1, 2019

On Friday, February 1, 2019,what's being called "DNS Flag Day" will come to pass.

On DNS Flag Day, DNS software and service providers will roll out updates to remove existing DNS resolver workarounds that allows users to bypass the Extension Mechanisms Protocol (EDNS) for DNS, to ensure compliance with the original DNS standard from 1987 (RFC1035) and the newer EDNS standards from 1999 (RFC2671) and (RFC6891).

Why are they doing this?

In the early 80s when the Domain Name System (DNS) got born, the networking was a lot smaller and a lot different than it is today. At that time the Domain Name System (DNS) had not yet become the backbone technology of the Internet as we know it today. As the years went by and the Internet grew, the Domain Name System (DNS) has grown alongside it, undergoing several evolutionary steps to be able to meet the Internet's requirements and standards at any given time. This effort is simple yet another evolutionary step in the Domain Name System (DNS) history, required to meet today's Internet standard.

To meet today's standards and requirements major Open Source DNS Software providers along with a number of other organizations, social networks and search engine giants have joined forces and declared a flag day, after which the Domain Name System (DNS) software will no longer support those workarounds which are causing slower responses to DNS queries and make it harder to implement new features. On that day they will cease accommodating DNS software vendors and DNS service providers that do not comply with the published DNS standard behaviour when interacting with other servers.

Why should I care?

If you, your organizations or company own a domain and that domain is being hosted on authoritative server which is in violation of the published DNS standard, that domain will gradually become inaccessible on the Internet through domain name lookups.

What do I need to do?

The first thing to do is to make sure that the authoritative DNS server for your domain(s) responds correctly.
To see if your authoritative DNS server for your domain(s) are compliant, head to the DNS Flag Day website and enter in the form below "I'm a domain holder" your domain and click on the test button.
If you get "All OK" no further action is required.If you get "Fatal error detected" you should contact your domain(s) technical contact and or DNS service provider in charge of managing the DNS software used by your domain name(s) and have them ensure it is fully updated and compliant with the EDNS protocol requirement and there no misconfiguration with the firewall, intrusion detection system and intermediate devices, such as routers, switches which may also result in compliance failures.

Additional resources and references

DNS Flag Day website

Blog on DNS Flag Day

Earlier blog on EDNS fallback behavior

Blog on EDNS compliance issue

Presentation on DNS Flag Day on UKNOF, January 15th, 2019

KB article – DNS Flag Day, How Will it Impact You?

KB article – DNS Flag Day, Notes for Authoritative servers

KB article – EDNS compatibility tests and status codes


Apr 18, 2018 - GDPR and ISNIC's Whois service

GDPR and ISNIC's Whois service

[P.s. this was deployed on April 23th.].

To comply with the European GDPR Directive, ISNIC will, before May 25th, stop publishing names, addresses and telephone numbers of personal contacts by default  from the ISNIC WHOIS database. 

Customers (individuals) who wish to continue to publish their information, must log in, go to "My Settings" and select "Name and Address Published". 

ISNIC will however, at least for the time being, continue to publish email addresses, country  and techincal information of all NIC-handles associated with .is domains.  Those customers (individuals) who have recorded a personally identifiable email address, and do not want it published, will need to change their .is WHOIS email address to something impersonal.

Assuming that GDPR directive applies fully to the "WHOIS" service provided for decades by most ccTLD registries, these new restrictions will lead to less transparency in domain registrations and less trust in the domain registration system in general. ISNIC, as many others, strongly disagrees with the view of the European parliament in this matter and warns that GDPR, as it is being implemented, will neither lead to better privacy nor a safer network environment.

For the sake of the internet community, e.g. Individual users, Service Providers, Hosting Companies, and many other stake holders, ISNIC will continue to publish email addresses and the country name of all contact types until further notice. 




Feb 14, 2018 - .is shortens it's grace period

.is shortens it's grace period

The grace period (i.e the period from when the domain is suspended until it is deleted) for .is domains has been 60 days from the beginning. This period will after April 1st. 2018 be shortened to 30 days, counting from the renewal date.

The reason for this is simply to get deleted domains one month sooner back on the market, and to align the .is domain rules to international conventions. After this change ISNIC will also inform the registrant precisely when the domain will be deleted, regardless of any holidays. This means that the so called holiday rule (.is domains  never deleted on holidays) will also be abandoned.

The third reason for this change, and perhaps the most important one, is to increase automation and enabling ISNIC to maintain stable registration and renewal fees in spite of cost increases.


Nov 18, 2017 - ccTLD ".is" 30 years old today

ccTLD ".is" 30 years old today

The 18th of November 2017 marks the 30. year anniversary of IANA's delegation of the .is ccTLD to Internet á Íslandi hf. (ISNIC), or rather it's predecessor, called SURIS. The .is registration certificate can be found here.

Nov 7, 2017 - Free Web Forwarding extended

Free Web Forwarding extended

ISNIC has offered a simple web forwarding services for free since 2010. This service has now been expanded to allow users to define custom CNAME records and custom TXT records in addition to the already possible A/AAAA and MX records. The service if free of charge until decided otherwise.

Oct 10, 2017 - System Administrator Wanted

System Administrator Wanted

ISNIC wishes to hire a new System Administrator. For more information contact ISNIC's CEO Jens P. Jensen (+354 898 7006), Maríus Ólafsson CTO ( or Björn Róbertson current SA (+354 863-0550). ISNIC's systems are FreeBSD and Linux based.

Sep 13, 2017 - Day of the Programmer

Day of the Programmer

Today is Programmers Day, and it's celebrated on the 256th day of the year. Hooray for our programmers!

Sep 7, 2017 - Nordic Registry Meeting 2017

Nordic Registry Meeting 2017

The annual meeting of the domain Registries in the Nordic Countries is held this year by ISNIC, the .is Registry. It finds place on 7th and 8th of September at ISNIC's office in Reykjavik. Partipants come from all the ccTLD's: .fi (Finland), .se (Sweden), .no (Norway), .dk (Denmark), .fo (Foroyar) and .is (Iceland) off course. The purpose the meeting is to bring the people behind the Registries together and encourage them to do better. 

Aug 4, 2017 - ISNIC on holiday until Tuesday

ISNIC on holiday until Tuesday

ISNIC's office closes at 12 today and doesn't open again until Tuesday at 09 AM, due to 'Verslunarmannahelgi' (the Merchants holiday in Iceland).

Domains can be renewd at all times with a credit card. To find your user name (NIC-handle) please type the name of your domain in the big search window, here on ISNIC's front page, then log in or click on 'Lost PW' located by your email address, and then proceed from the email sent to you from ISNIC Hostmaster.

Have a nice weekend and drive carefully.

ISNIC's Staff.

Aug 2, 2017 - Office closed today

Office closed today

ISNIC's office is closed today, August 2. "Retail Workers Vactaion Day" (frídagur verslunarmanna) which is always the first Monday in August. It was first celebrated in 1894 acording to the website of the Retail Workers Union in Reykjavik.

We will be back to assist you on Tuesday :)

ISNIC's Staff.

May 31, 2017 - Don't lose your domain

Don't lose your domain

Too many people and companies lose their domain each year just because they didn't update their domain registration (email and address) and forget to renew the domain in time. ISNIC's Autorenewal can only help if the creditcard works. ISNIC's grace period is 60 days, counting from the domain expire date. After that the domain is automatically deleted and free for anyone to register.

Clever domainers automatically check if a certain domain is still valid and register newly deleted domains, probably in the hope of reselling them (even to previous owner) or for other purposes. Especially companies need to be aware of this. 

You can hide everything from the ISNIC's public Whois except Name and Country.


Apr 4, 2017 - Time is

Time is

What time is it? For an exact answer, anywhere in the world, go to:

Mar 31, 2017 - Maintainance


ISNIC will perform maintainance on its billing system on next Monday, April 3rd.

The service window will be between 22:00 and 02:00, during that time the database operations will be reduced or unavailable. We are sorry for any inconvenience coused.

Mar 10, 2017 - Short and secure .is domains

Short and secure .is domains

There are only about 61.500 .is domains registered as today. About 2/3 of them are registered in Iceland, using icelandic words, names and even letters! We estimate that only about 20.000 to 25.000 .is domains are english words and names, yet.

Premium Domains are considdered to be mostly "one word domains", containing easy, preferably short, english words and names. You should therefore be able to find many Premium Domains under the beautiful .is domain extension – all at the same price €29.90. No hidden cost what so ever.

ISNIC, the .is Registry.

Mar 6, 2017 - Most popular .is domains/websites

Most popular .is domains/websites


The list below is based on traffic data for the Top 1,000,000 websites globally.  There are now 189 websites hosted in .is domains on this list, and for the first time a .is website is now among the 1000 most popular sites in the Internet.  

Left column shows the site rank within .is, and the right shows the Global Rank. Source:

1. 762.
2. 10,383.
3. 13,976.
4. 15,040.
5. 20,915.
6. 27,828.
7. 39,856.
8. 43,051.
9. 46,885.
10. 51,214.
11. 55,649.
12. 64,136.
13. 66,924.
14. 69,090.
15. 71,599.
16. 87,325.
17. 88,013.
18. 94,169.
19. 96,008.
20. 111,600.

Jan 25, 2017 - .IS domains for the world

.IS domains for the world

The beautiful ccTLD .IS has been in use for 30 years this year (since 1987).  It's the Country Code Top Level Domain of Iceland (icelandic: Ísland) with just over 60.000 registrations. Of these, 70% are domestic, 9% from USA, 3% from Germany, 2% from Norway, another 2% from Great Britain, and the rest has a home address in about 100 countries world wide. It is truly an International Domain, although being a true Viking still rooted in Iceland.

ISNIC (IS Network Information Center) is the Registry (Top Level Domain Operator) for the ccTLD ".is", and manages the Registration System, the Registrant (WHOIS) Database, and the DNS Servers for the .is zone. ISNIC welcomes every customer who has genuine, legitimate interest in having a clever and good looking .is address for a website, email, or other services on the Internet. We discourage registration via Proxy Services, unless the proxy uses a legitimate registered corporation with a real physical address. We do not allow false or inaccurate domain registrations, but we allow individuals to withhold their address from our Public Registrant Database (WHOIS).

.is Domains can be registered for up to five years–first only for one year–but can then be renewed (right away) for additional four years. This is to give the new Registrant an important moment to re-think, before paying out the fee for five years (EUR 149.5) which is non-refundable.

Welcome aboard!

Dec 29, 2016 - Happy new year 2017!

Happy new year 2017!

ISNIC's staff wishes its customers a happy new year 2017 and thank you so much for the great year of 2016 (over 10.000 new .is domains registered).

Domains are like good wine, the older the better they are regarding search engines. If you read this before January 1. register your .is domain right away and get the creation year 2016 please.

Oct 14, 2016 - .is registrations can now be renewed for up to five years

.is registrations can now be renewed for up to five years

ISNIC now allows registrants to renew their .is domains for up to five years. Initial registration period remains one year, but renewal, for up to four years for a new domain, can be done immediately after registration.

As domain fees are not refundable we decided to make it a litle tricky to register a new domain for more than one year - to protect our most enthusiastic customers. 

Article 19 of the .is registration rule now reads:

"The domain registration period is at least one year, paid in advance on or before the domain expiration date. All domain registrations shall be accompanied by a payment."

Sep 23, 2016 - .is delegation requirements

.is delegation requirements

As all good Nameserver (DNS) Managers know, the .is technical delegation requirements are a bit stricter than .com's or other mainstream TLD's. People and companies, who prefer security and solid service, are choosing .is for their service partly because of this.

ISNIC strongly asks Nameserver (DNS) Managers, who wish to host .is domains, to please register their nameservers  with ISNIC beforehand – this will make it much easier for your .is customers to select your service.

ISNIC's Name Server Registration:

.IS Tech. Requirements:

Jul 13, 2016 - Good and Bad Domains

Good and Bad Domains

Are there such things as good or bad domains?

No not really. ISNIC's staff does assist customers (if asked) with registration of .is-domains, but not in coming up with an idea for a good domain. When creating a good domain it comes down to language skills, the feel for words and above all, Creativity. 

The .is top level domain ending goes very well with many words, and can, as such facilitate the construction of good and easy to remember domains.

For a long time short domains were thought to be much better than longer ones. This could, however, be wrong in some cases. Some specialists contend that well formulated and descriptive domains score higher in search engines on the internet.

Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind when registering a good .is domain:

  1. Short one-word domains are generally better than long ones. The shorter the domain is, the easier is to remember an email address.
  2. Easy-to-read domains are gererally better than abbreviations and short words are (of course) easier to spell, and to remember, than very long words. Hint: Use a good english dictionary and think of using an old latin word if the modern english word is already taken. You can even use a full length domain for a website and a shorter one for an email address.
  3. Domains, consisting only of english letters are generally better than domains containing special letters, numbers or hyphens. Numeric domains (usually very short ones)  can also be good. Numeric domains are for some reason very popular in some countries (e.g. China) and for special websites like telephone books, sport sites and more.
  4. IDN domains (which result in correctly spelled icelandic words) can be difficult, but are absolutely necessary as secondary domains (with its web forwarded to the primary domains website) and should be used marketing a product or service containg that name on advertising websites, in newspapers, on signs, on cars, on posters, on football shirts, flags etc. IDN domains can cause technical problems when used in email addresses.
  5. Reselling domains. Domain merchants are those who register domains in the sole purpose of reselling them. This kind of service is about getting a good domain idea, building up a concept and finding a potential buyer, e.g. to use it for marketing on the internet. Domain merchants can be just as important for the domain market as speculators are for any other markets. The golden rule is to register a domain in good faith, and not to infringe better rights of others. See .is registration rule nr. 40.
  6. The best domains are of course those that everyone uses all the time. One of them broke most of the "rules" above. The domain was not descriptive for its service, not particularly short or obvious when it was registered in May 2002. All things considered, it is the service and the product quality that matters.
ISNIC, the .is Registry.

May 5, 2016 - Office closed on Ascension Day

Office closed on Ascension Day

ISNIC's offices are closed today, Ascension Day, which is a public holiday in Iceland. We will be back in office at 09.00 (GMT) on Friday.

The ISNIC Team.

Apr 1, 2016 - .is domains sold out

.is domains sold out

Aprils fool!

As the number of .is domains reached 57316 around midnight the first of april 2016 ISNIC can no longer register new .is domains. Our registration database is full so the only .is domains available for now are used domains. You can either buy one from a current registrant or you can come to our office in Reykjavik before 16.00 today and ask if any domains got free today.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and as soon as we install a bigger database we will be able to register new .is domains again.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Mar 23, 2016 - Easter Holidays

Easter Holidays

Dear Customers.

ISNICs office will, like always, be closed for five days over the Easters, i.e. from March 24. (Maundy Thursday) to March 28. (Easter Monday). We will be back to our desks on Tuesday March 29.

As always you can register, renew, redelegate, transfer and delete domains 24/7 using our website. The easiest way to find your login information is to type your domain name in the search window  on our front page, click on "Lost PW" link by your email address, and proceed from the email you got from ISNIC.

Thank you for registering a .IS domain.

Happy Easter everyone. Be careful, travel slowly.

The ISNIC Team.

Feb 4, 2016 - Password security

Password security

ISNIC would like to remind customers not to use the same password for the ISNIC domain portal as they use for other network services. Last week an attempt was made to highjack serveral .is domains using passwords obtained from a compromized WordPress server. These attempts where stopped by an alert registrant and timely intervention by ISNIC staff members.

Please use unique passwords for your .is domain portal to reduce the risk of loosing your .is domains, in case of an unrelated compromized service somewhere else.

Jan 25, 2016 - Botched upgrade results in an invalid .is zone

Botched upgrade results in an invalid .is zone

An invalid .is zone was dstributed to the .is secondary servers at 14:43 today. Due to a botched server upgrade the DNSSEC signatures on the .is zone were invalid.  The problem was resolved by 15:20. This resulted in some validating-resolvers being unable to resolve .is names during this period. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

ISNIC Tech Team.

Jan 11, 2016 - DNS Hosting Problems with Bluehost

DNS Hosting Problems with Bluehost

Once again all .is domains delegated to DNS service with Bluehost are in trouble. One of the two authoratitive nameservers that Bluehost uses to host .is domains does not reply to queries regarding any of them and in fact appears to be completely disconnected from the network. This nameserver has now been disconnected for three weeks.

Registrants and contacts of .is domains now get copies of weekly complaints that ISNIC sends automatically to Bluehost to warn about this problem. Unfortunately Bluehost does not admit to the problem, and replies to service requests with incorrect and incomplete information as to the nature of the problem, it's reasons and it's consequences for the DNS service to these domains.

ISINC's only recourse in this matter is to encourage registrants of .is domains that are currently delegated to Bluehost to seek alternate DNS services, as soon as possible, to avoid their domains being suspended automatically, due to a techincal non-compliance with our (internet's) basic technical requirements.

See also #bluehostdown on Twitter.


Dec 9, 2015 - Domain Registration made even easier

Domain Registration made even easier

ISNIC's Domain Registration has now been made easier than before. The Sign Up process and Domain Registration for beginners (new customers) is in one seamless 4 step path (was 5 before). Try it out now and type your good Domain Name Idea in the big search window underneath Santa's red cap please! 

Nov 11, 2015 - Nordic Domain Days next week

Nordic Domain Days next week

ISNIC, the .is Registry will be at the first Nordic Domains Days ( hold by .Se ( next Monday and Tuesday (23. and 24. November) at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre.

Among interesting topics on the agenda will be a discussion on Data Validation. Should the registrant (domain holder) be able to hide his/her name from the public Whois data? This and related topics will be disscussed hard on the second day of the first Nordic Domain Days in Sweden next week.

Hope to see you there!

Sep 23, 2015 - Resetting your password via SMS

Resetting your password via SMS

Loosing access to your ISNIC account can happen. To make sure you can reset your password securely, quickly, and even more easily than before, please register your mobile phone number with ISNIC. This is done under "My Settings" – after login.  Once your phone number is registered you can reset your ISNIC password via SMS (for example if you loose access to your email account). Try it!

Jun 25, 2015 - K-Root upgrade

K-Root upgrade

ISNIC provides colocation services and the hardware for a K-Root instance with the Reykjavik Internet Exchange (RIX). The hardware has now been  upgraded. The K-Root server is operated by RIPE, and is one of 13 root nameservers which provide the basis for DNS lookup for the whole Internet.

By having a mirror instance in various location, the path to the root nameserver is kept as short as possible, and reliability and latency is the primary reason.


Jun 19, 2015 - Weekend starts earlier today, Friday the 19th.

Weekend starts earlier today, Friday the 19th.

ISNIC's office and phone support closes at noon today. The only way to register a .is domain is via our webservice. If you need to speak with us, please wait until next Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The support and tech. Team of ISNIC.

Jun 17, 2015 - Office closed on June 17th

Office closed on June 17th

June 17th is the Icelandic Independence day and national holiday since 1944, when the date was chosen as the foundation day of democracy in Iceland and seperation from Denmark.
The date has been celebrated since 1907 and is the birthday of one of the most well known Icelandic person: Jón Sigurðsson (who was a diplomat and a congressman and one of the vocal persons in the Icelandic independence battle and its recognized leader).

If you need to contact ISNIC please use the Svarbox or send us an email at:

Jun 6, 2015 - IPv6 Day

IPv6 Day

6/6 is a day dedicated to IPv6, and most large internet companies turned on IPv6 permanently two years ago. Have you turned on an IPv6 device or asked your network provider about IPv6 options?

The RIPE NCC has an IPv6 on-line course on it's network, which is open to all.


Jun 2, 2015 - Recently deleted domains published on Twitter

Recently deleted domains published on Twitter

Last few weeks ISNIC has published a list of recently deleted domains on Twitter, so that interested parties could register them sooner. Historically, ISNIC did send out lists of recently deleted domains to those who requested it, but that practice was stopped because of objections from angry registrants that had lost their domains by mistake. This was in the early days of the Internet and not everyone had adopted to it. Now the times have changed, but ISNIC still has the same old rule of waiting 60 days from the time the domain is put on hold until it is deleted and free to register by anyone. By that time, 105 days will have passed since an invoice was issued for the renewal of the domain.

In 2014, the number of new .is domains registered was 9.773 and the number of deleted domains was 5.356. ISNIC's calculated loss from having to wait 60-105 days from the time an unpaid domain is put on hold, until it is open to register again is therefor great. ISNIC is currently reviewing whether to shorten this time according to standard practices with other registries of top level domains. ISNIC will continue to publish recently deleted domains on Twitter, which has been met with only positive response, especially from the "domain merchants". This is though by no means a complete list of deleted .is-domains. ISNIC's Twitter posts are unregular and limited to domains we find interesting.

May 12, 2015 - Added security for .is domains

Added security for .is domains

ISNIC has made an important change in the .is domain registry system. The domain's registrant (owner/holder) now has direct control of the domain registration, the same control as the administrative contact has.  The registrants can now log in and manage their domains directly if they so wish (and if they have confirmed their registration in the same way as the other contacts have).

The processes of deleting and transfering a domain has also been changed. From now on, not only does the administrative contact have to confirm the action, but the registrant as well, as long as the registrant has a valid email registered. If not, only the administrative contact has to confirm the request as before. ISNIC believes these changes will further enhance the registration security of .is domains.

Apr 21, 2015 - .is on the North Pole

.is on the North Pole

.is arrived at the top of the Earth on the 10th of April 2015. The .IS domain is now also the internet identity for the North Pole!

The .is-flag at the North Pole on April 10. 2015.


April 10. 2015. Russian North Pole Ice Airport. Helicopters are used to go all the way to the 90°N.
Photo by Marta Magnúsdóttir.

The plane who took the group to the North Pole Ice Airport.
Photo by Marta Magnusdottir.

Apr 15, 2015 - Dear customer...

Dear customer...

Many feel that ISNIC sends its customers too many automatic e-mails. This is specially true of customers with many domains. On the other hand, ISNIC only sends out e-mails with important information and they have an important purpose in maintaining a high security level for .is domains, i.e. by encouraging registrants to regularly (at least yearly) maintain the registration information for their domains. Information that is very import in this regard is the e-mail of domain contacts, expiration dates of credit cards, and least but not last the technical setup of name servers that host the domain. Not all top level domains put as much importance on these matters, but ISNIC does and will continue to do so.
ISNIC’s service is in it’s nature a self-service, which means that the registrant himself is responsible for the correctness of the registration info of the domain. Domains have been deleted or become inactive because the e-mail addresses of contacts where outdated, so important notices and warning went unnoticed, until finally the domains where closed or moved to ISNIC’s parking servers.
One of the most important mails that ISNIC sends it’s registrants every year begins thus: “Dear customer. Please verify the information on the registrant and the domain's contacts below.”.
It would be difficult for ISNIC to reduce the amount of mail we send out - any more than we already have - without relaxing our security requirements, which are the same for every .is domain. It would be possible for ISNIC to create a new class of very important domains and that only these very important domains would receive these (annoying) e-mail notices. That is not what we want, since that would reduce the trust in all .is domains. Therefor, we ask all our customers to act on notices from ISNIC and make sure that the contact information for their domains is correct. It barely takes a minute in most cases, and instead, we will strive to limit notices from us as much as possible.

Apr 10, 2015 - ISNIC's Projects Day is today.

ISNIC's Projects Day is today.

No phone support will be provided at ISNIC today – sorry.

The ISNIC Team has its yearly Projects day in the country side today, April 10th. We will be talking about the future and the possibilities of something big hitting the internet or the earth for that matter.

Have a wonderful weekend!

ISNIC, the .is Registry.    

Jan 27, 2015 - Month of Þorri (Thorri)

Month of Þorri (Thorri)

A small Viking figure is now looking over the ISNIC's logo as we now have the month of Þorri (Thorri). Þorri is the mid-winter month acording to the Icelandic (old Norse) Calander. The following two months after Þorri are Góa and Einmánuður, the last month of winter. During Þorri organised celebrations, named Þorrablót, are held in towns and clubs in Iceland. It is a feast where the old traditional Icelandic food is served. The food has most often been processed for preservation in reminder of the times during winter when fresh food supplies were scarce.

Þorri is the man's month, starting with a day dedicated to men (Bóndadagur). The custom is that wifes should take especially good care of their husbands on "Bóndadagur" (Mensday). In many homes in Iceland that is still the case.

The following month Góa is the month of women, starting with Women's Day (Konudagur). The tradition of honoring Women's Day is more prevelant than Bóndadagur and is celebrated in many Icelandic households.

Jan 7, 2015 - Good DNS hosting companies comply with ISNIC's technical req.

Good DNS hosting companies comply with ISNIC's technical req.

More and more companies and people outside Iceland are using ".is" domains. Some of them are not familiar with ISNIC's technical requirements. One of these requirements is the 24 hour TTL (time-to-live) rule for NS records (as opposed to the common/default 1 hour or even smaller TTL). If your DNS hosting company does not allow you modify the TTL of individual records in your zone, you need to find a hosting company that does. You need to ask them to register their nameservers with ISNIC. This registration is free of charge and most DNS providers respond quickly and register as they want to keep you as their happy customer.

We belive pepople are not only registering under .is because it's a nice and beautiful domain, but also because they know that strict technical requirements, robust and secure DNS service, and an accurate Whois information are important to the thrustworthyness of all .is-domains. Reed about the importance of the TTL (time to live) record in our recent article on this topic here.

ISNIC the .is Registry. 

Dec 31, 2014 - Happy new year!

Happy new year!

Dear customer, we wish you a happy and prosperous new year. Looking forward to serve you in 2015.

The ISNIC team.

Dec 17, 2014 - Domain as a Christmas Present - a true story

Domain as a Christmas Present - a true story

This is an actual conversation from last Monday, copied from ISNIC's Web-chat:

rep: Hello how may I help you?

customer: Good afternoon, I need some advice. I want to give someone a .is-domain as a Christmas present, but I worry he will find out if he gets an email from ISNIC.

rep: There is no need to worry, just put your email instead of his/her in first, and then change it after he/she has opened the present.

customer: So, even if I register him as the owner, he won't receive an email?

rep: No, not as long as you don't register his/her email address to begin with.

customer: Ok, good. How long does it take to be ready after I register the domain?

rep: New domains will appear every 20 min. or so. So the waiting time is max 20 min after registration is complete. Just remember to change the email address after Christmas.

customer: Ok great, just one more question :) How much is the cost for me, and will I be charged automatically next year or can he overtake the bill then?

rep: The annual fee, your total cost, is €29.90. You only need to uncheck the automatic renewal option and he will get a reminding email in a year from now.

customer: Ok, so he will not come into any problems or cost if he decides not to renew the domain?

rep: No. ISNIC will credit the bill for renewal and delete the domain automatically if no payment is received.

customer: Ok, thanks for the assistance, I am going to do it!

rep: Thank you too. Too bad we can't rap the domain in Christmas paper and send you!

customer: he he

Chat closed...


Dec 11, 2014 - Price reduction for .is domain

Price reduction for .is domain

ISNIC's board decided this afternoon to lower the Doman year fee for .is domains to €29.90, exl. VAT, affected immediately after the meeting today, or about 17.00 GMT. 

Dec 10, 2014 - Hosting provider 1and1 outage

Hosting provider 1and1 outage

The hosting company 1and1 has problems with DNS operations. .is domains which are hosted by them, may be severely affected.

Dec 1, 2014 - TTL values in DNS

TTL values in DNS

ISNIC's requirements for a TTL value (Time To Live) of 86400 sec. for NS records is suprising for many technical personnel and even irritates some. Most are not used to such strict requirements and some do not even understand what the TTL value is or how to change it. They therefore conclude that this is an unneccessary requirement. The reality is that there are very good and valid reasons for this requirement as recent examples show:

1. TTL values of DNS resource records tell resolvers how long they should cache records they receive. This stops them from sending queries to authoritative nameservers repeatedly for the same record. Most records in DNS are rarely changed, so a low TTL causes unneccessary traffic and load on the authoritative nameservers. The only downside to a high TTL is that changes to records have to be planned in advanced and the TTL lowered before the change, and raised again after the change. ISNIC allows for this, as our systems send warnings to contacts for 8 weeks after a technical fault is found, before the domain is put on hold. This gives administrators a reasonable time to fix errors that are found.

2. A new kind of DDoS (Distributes Denial of Service) attack has been observed recently, which has been called "DNS Slow Drip Attack". In DDoS attacks many computers are used to flood a victims service with requests, until it is unable to respond, effectively knocking the service off line. DNS is specially vulnerable to these kind of attacks because of it's open nature and use of UDP packets. The UDP protocol makes it trivial to spoof addresses which makes it very difficult to filter attacking packets from legitimate uses.

3. The Slow Drip Attack works like this: An attacker creates a flood of requests for random records under the domain that is to be attacked. If e.g. "" is under attack they would query for, etc. The requests are always random and almost never for the same value twice. These queries can be sent through open resolvers, such as Google Public DNS. Since these records do not exist, the nameserver responds with NXDOMAIN. It does this as fast and for as long as it can, but the torrent of requests only grows until the server is no longer able to respond fast enough and becomes unresponsive to all queries. This effectively knocks out every service under the victims domain. If the attack is large enough it can also affect the service of the TLD under which the victims domain is (see attack).

4. If the TTL value for the NS records of a victims domain is low ( has a TTL of 600 sec.) it means that the TLD nameservers see a large part of the traffic from the attackers. If the TTL is 86400 sec, like ISNIC's requirements dictate, each resolver will only ask for the NS records of the victims domain once every 24 hours. With a TTL of 600, they will query for the NS records once every ten minutes. A high TTL will in these cases stop an attack like this from affecting every domain under the TLD, as was the case with

Unfortunetly a high TTL value does not help the victim in this case, since the queries are all for records that are not in the victims zone (See Negative Cache), but it does minimize the size of the attack and stops colleteral damage. So, while ISNIC's requirements for a rather high TTL values are sometimes vilified unjustly, they are very valid and have proven it's technical and security values many times.

Oct 12, 2014 - Announcement


ISNIC has suspended domains that were used for the website of a known terrorist organisation. The majority of ISNIC's board made this decision today, on the grounds of Article 9 of ISNIC's Rules on Domain Registration, which states: "The registrant is responsible for ensuring that the use of the domain is within the limits of Icelandic law as current at any time."

Never before has ISNIC suspended a domain on grounds of a website's content.

Updated 2014-10-13 13:00 Added link to Isnic Rules

Aug 19, 2014 - Nameserver Registration

Nameserver Registration

Please note that all nameservers, used to host .is-domains, must be registered with ISNIC.

If the nameservers, on which you wish to host your .is domains, are not already registered with ISNIC, you must ask your your hosting company, i.e. internet service provider, to register them with ISNIC. This is done  here: The registration is of course free of charge.

Your service provider then automatically becomes your domain's "Zone Contact" towards ISNIC. The Zone Contact must have full authority over the nameservers, and be both willing and able to remedy all technical problems with all .is-domains hosted on his nameservers.

Please read ISNIC's tech. requirements and see where to Register nameserver by ISNIC if you intend to host and serve .is-domains, one of the most secure and clever Top Level Domains (TLD's) on the internet.

Any questions? please ask Google or use our webchat "Svarbox®", here on

Aug 4, 2014 - The .is team have a Monday off today

The .is team have a Monday off today

ISNIC's office is closed today, first Monday in August - the Merchants holiday in Iceland. We will be back on Tuesday.

You can register and manage your .is-domain online, as usually, by logging into your account here on If you have forgotten your username (NIC-handle) and PW, just type the name of your domain(s) in the big search window and then press the Lost password link located by your email-address. 

The ISNIC team will be back for you on August 5. - nine o'clock sharply.

Jul 27, 2014 - SysAdmin day

SysAdmin day

Do you think of your system admin? For the past 14 years, the last friday of July is celebrated as System Administrators Day. Go to for more information and suggestions.

Jun 13, 2014 - Domain suspensions considered harmful

Domain suspensions considered harmful

Registries are often asked to suspend domains linked to websites that the police considers illegal or companies and institutions belive to infringe on their intellectual rights.

The 26th of May 2014 was suspended in response to a request by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in the UK, without a court order. The operators of the website immediately registered, with different top-level domains, five new domains where the website was accessible. The original domain was then unsuspended briefly after it had been suspended.

Domains are used for much more than to address websites. Email is always sent using a domain, and domains are often used to connect users to their home and work networks. Domains can hardly be considered illegal any more than a street address. A street address is not illegal even if there is illegal activity in one apartment at the address. When a domain is suspended the website or the content itself is not, as became apparent when was suspended. A suspension of a domain does not lead to a total blocking of the website it points to.

When domains are suspended, as described above, it does not only indignate the website's visitors, but it also disrupts email and other services, which are unrelated to the website, that the domain facilitates. Disruption of email communication and service, unrelated to the website that is meant to be closed, is utterly unnecessary and unacceptable in these instances. A suspension of a domain is in a way comparable to banning the use of an address of an apartment building depriving everyone at that particular address of their postal service. Additionally, the suspension of individual domains can affect other domains, specially in the situation when domain service is a registered subdomain.

Finally, it should be noted that when registries and registrars are made to suspend domains it can create negative publicity within the internet community, harming the top-level domain and reducing its credibility. It is difficult to rectify that sort of damage that easily could be avoided with increased awareness and proficiency of the technical workings of the internet.

A .is domain has never been shut down on court order in spite of several attempts.

May 23, 2014 - Towel Ready? Don't Panic!

Towel Ready? Don't Panic!

This sunday, may 25th, is the international towel day. It's a tribute to Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

You are urged to share it with a towel, photographs and other people. See the website for details.

May 14, 2014 - Why should I register a .is domain?

Why should I register a .is domain?

The .is extension is not only beautiful for it self, it's unique in the way how well it fits with persons and companies names and adjectives, e.g. when building a search engine catchy domain sentance like:

Iceland is a peaceful litle country with stable economy and politics. It is known for respecting human rights and for being one of the oldest democracy in the world. The icelandic parliment, "Althingi", was founded in the summer of 930 by the Vikings, only about 60 years after the settlement of Iceland.

The .is top level domain is ideal for those who want to present a professional and trustworthy image all over the world, and show their commitment to the region as well.



Apr 18, 2014 - Office closed on Monday April 21st

Office closed on Monday April 21st

ISNIC's office will be closed Monday, April 21st. We open again on Tuesday, April 22nd.

The web portal is up and running as usually. You can register and manage your .is-domain online, by logging into your account here on

Jan 21, 2014 - Thousands of new top level domains

Thousands of new top level domains

New top level domains (TLDs) have started to flood the domain market. A few examples of these new TLDs are: .academy, .cab, .carreers, .center, .company, .computer, .construction, .contractors, .diamonds, .directorym, .domains, .enterprises, .kitchen, .land, .limo, .management, .photos, recipes, .sexy, .shoes, .systems, .tattoo, .technology, .tips, .today and .voyage to name a few.

Many have predicted that the decision by ICANN/IANA to open up registration of new TLDs would inflict dramatic changes to the internet. Others point out that this is not the first time that new TLDs have been introduced (.museum, .biz, .xxx, .job, .info, .pro), which to date have made very little impact at all. One thing's for sure, the changes now are bigger than we've ever seen before and the uncertainty and possibilities are therefore greater.

Internet á Íslandi - ISNIC does not have any plans to service or register other TLDs than .is, but ISNIC will, like all established registries, have to adapt to these great changes. In our opinion, these new TLDs open up new possibilities as competition grows. ISNIC will continue to offer a safe and secure DNS service with high technical standards. We've already seen that these new TLDs have caused many registries to open up their registrations and relaxed some of the more inhibiting registration requirements.  ISNIC will continue to grow foreign .is registrations, as it has done these last few years. That is unavoidable, mainly due to the small size of the domestic market in Iceland.  Some people find this regrettable and maintain that ccTLDs should first and foremost be for the domestic population and businesses. Others say that any such local-precense requirements is contrary to the spirit and nature of the internet, which is why limitations of that nature are slowly disappearing.

One thing is for sure, there will only be one .is and it is arguably one of the most beautiful TLDs on the internet.

Dec 18, 2013 - Office Hours over the holidays

Office Hours over the holidays

We will be here:

23.12. open 09-15 (GMT)

Our web portal will be open 24/7 as usual, and you can manage and register your .is-domains after login on

24.12. Office closed.

25.12. Office closed.

26.12. Office closed.

27.12. Friday, open as usual.

30.12. Monday, open as usual.

31.12. Last day of 2013, open 09-12 (GMT).

01.01. Office closed.

ISNIC sends warm greetings to all of it's customers, very many new ones from all over the world who now have a nice litle .is domain in 2013. 

Happy new year!

ISNIC's Staff.

Dec 13, 2013 - ISNIC's "litlu jól".

ISNIC's "litlu jól".

Becouse of our "litlu jól" (staff x-mas party) we can't answer the phone after 15.00 Hour (GMT) today :)

ISNIC's Staff.

Nov 25, 2013 - Ovation Hair gets

Ovation Hair gets

Nov 4, 2013 - First DS records added to the .is zone

First DS records added to the .is zone

Registrants can now add DS records for their domains to the .is zone. This formally makes it possible to activate DNSSEC for any .is domain. Shortly after this was enabled, the first DS records where added. Congratulation to the registrants of '' and ''.

DNSSEC for the ccTLD .is is now fully deployed and we encourage our registrants to secure their domains as soon as possible.

Oct 10, 2013 - DNSSEC activated for .is

DNSSEC activated for .is

The Domain Name System (DNS) ensures that everyone can find resources on the internet in a simple way, by using domains and hostnames. Without DNS we would have to use the IP addresses of the resources we were looking for (web site, mail server etc.), but they are hard to remember and cumbersome to use.

From the beginning certain problems have been known with the way DNS is implemented (See RFC3833). These problems may allow attackers to disrupt the lookup process, either stopping people from accessing certain resources or directing users to different resources than they intended. Banks, insurance companies, commerce, government and other sites that handle important and critial data are popular targets for these kinds of attacks where the attackers look to seize personal information, login credentials and credit card information from unsuspecting users.

To fix these weaknesses, an extension of the DNS protocol, DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions), was created. DNSSEC makes it possible for DNS servers to cryptographically sign their responses so that users are assured that the response they get originated from the correct DNS server.

ISNIC has now finished the first stage in implementing DNSSEC for the .is TLD, by signing the .is zone and having the corresponding DS records published in the root zone by IANA. Records in the is zone can now be authenticated by properly configured DNS resolvers that support DNSSEC.

The next step in the implementation is to allow domain holders to publish their DS records in the .is zone so their signed zone can be authenticated by the chain of trust to the root zone. Then domain holders can be assured that properly configured resolvers can and will authenticate responses from their domain servers and will disregard attempts from attackers to disrupt or poison the DNS system.

See RFC4033, RFC4034 and RFC4035 regarding the definitions of DNSSEC and RFC6781 regarding DNSSEC operational practices. ISNIC uses open source software, OpenDNSSEC to manage keys and signing of records in the is zone.

DNSSEC service will be included in the yearly fee for all domains.

Aug 28, 2013 - Postal fee introduced

Postal fee introduced

Today ISNIC began levying a special fee of €2.0 for printing and sending out bills via conventional mail.

Receiving paper bills via conventional mail is optional and users can select not to receive any such bills, thus avoiding these charges. ISNIC assumes that non-domestic billing contacts elect not to receive bills via conventional mail, only by email. If a registrant needs paper based bills, he can instruct the billing contact to change the default setting.  See the "Cancel paper" option under "My settings".

As before, ISNIC will not charge any transaction fee for those that choose to pay via online baking (mostly domestic users). We still recommend all to pay and renew via credit card by using ISNIC's automatic renewal for security.  

Electronic versions of bills and charging summaries are made available to the billing contacts via the ISNIC web after login.

Aug 5, 2013 - Merchants weekend (bank holiday)

Merchants weekend (bank holiday)

ISNIC's office is closed today, first Monday in August, which is the yearly "Merchants weekend" (verslunarmannahelgi) in Iceland. We will be back again tomorrow morning.

Feb 1, 2013 - Workshop day, no phone support

Workshop day, no phone support

ISNIC's phoneservice is closed today, friday, March 1. due to a Workshop.

Our service is a "self service" and any normal domain issue, such as renewal, invoice retrieval, change billing contact, registrant transfer, domain redelegation, forwarding and parking a domain, can all be performed directly on our website.

Please use our new search/login window (here above) to locate your NIC handle (login information) and password reset options if you have problems logging into the system.

We are constantly increasing our on-line services, and recommend that everyone should be familiar with it, and also review your domains registration. Negligence can cost you your domain. One security tool, is automatic renewal with credit card, which renews your domain automatically 60 days before it expires. Summer vacation is another problem area, where the renewal notice may become lost or unseen during the time the contacts are away from their e-mail.


Jan 3, 2013 - 30 Years of TCP/IP

30 Years of TCP/IP

On january 1st 1983, TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) was made the default protocol for network communication on the ARPAnet. TCP replaced NCP which had been the primary protocol since 1969. At the time, about 400 hosts were connected to the network. Today, connected devices are estimated to number over one billion (ISC Survey).

ISNIC maintained a hostcount between 1990 and 2010 for registered hosts. Starting in 1990 with 14 hosts - up to 300 thousand in 2010 when we stopped counting! (ISNIC Survey).

Dec 23, 2012 - Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Merry Christmas and a happy new year

ISNIC's office will be closed over the holidays until 27th of December, but you can still register your beautiful .is-domain on-line as always.

If you haven't done it before, just start by writing the domain idea in the big Google like search window above and go from there.

"We whish you a merry christmas, and a happy new year."

ISNIC's Team.

Dec 18, 2012 - D-Root changes it's IPv4 address

D-Root changes it's IPv4 address

From the announcement:


Advisory — D-root is changing its IPv4 address on the 3rd of January.

This is advance notice that there is a scheduled change to the IPv4
address for one of the authorities listed for the DNS root zone and
the .ARPA TLD. The change is to D.ROOT-SERVERS.NET, which is
administered by the University of Maryland.

The new IPv4 address for this authority is

The current IPv6 address for this authority is  2001:500:2d::d and it
will continue to remain unchanged.

This change is anticipated to be implemented in the root zone on 3
January 2013, however the new address is currently operational. It
will replace the previous IP address of (also once known

We encourage operators of DNS infrastructure to update any references
to the old IP address, and replace it with the new address. In
particular, many DNS resolvers have a DNS root “hints” file. This
should be updated with the new IP address.

New hints files will be available at the following URLs once the
change has been formally executed:

The old address will continue to work for at least six months after
the transition, but will ultimately be retired from service.

Dec 3, 2012 - SMS's 20th birthday

SMS's 20th birthday

The first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1992. The text of the message was "Merry Christmas."

Nov 21, 2012 - 25th anniversary of .is delegation

25th anniversary of .is delegation

The 18th of November 2012 marks the 25 year anniversary of IANA's delegation of the .is ccTLD to Internet á Íslandi hf. (ISNIC), or rather it's predecessor, called SURIS. The .is registration information can be found here.

ISNIC has already presented  the Icelandic internet community with a gift on this anniversary year; A new stratum 1 NTP time server ( has been established, open to the domestic internet, and the Reykjavík Internet Exchange (RIX) has been upgraded to support 10 Gb connections. The RIX upgrade will make general broadcasting of multimedia content in Iceland much easier. One customer, Símafélagið ehf. is already connected to RIX on 10 Gb.

Nov 19, 2012 - Court says domain name can be seized

Court says domain name can be seized published an interesting news from a local court yesterday about a domain.

The question is can a domain be seized and auctioned? According to "The court agreed, ruling that the domain name is the identity of a company in the Internet world and it has economic value, and thus can be seized even if there is no specific provision on the issue in the law."

Nov 15, 2012 - ISNIC's Timeservers

ISNIC's Timeservers

ISNIC has installed a professional grade NTP server ( NTP Clients and servers can therefore access a stratum 1 timeserver in Iceland. The timeserver is GPS based, and retrieves it's information from an antenna located on the top of the office tower where ISNIC's office is located. ISNIC provides a seperate timeserver, which is a member of the project, and is directly and immediately accessible to anyone who installs a Linux or FreeBSD OS automatically.

If you use native IPv6 and are located in Iceland, you can use in your configuration to make sure you're accessing the local IPv6 address of the server as a first choice, otherwise you can use in your timeserver configuration.

Operating a public NTP service is a long term project, which strengthens and improves the domestic internet. Access to an accurate and not so distant timeservers is very important for many of the services operated on the internet, and on your network. The clock can be viewed on

ISNIC's System Administrator, Mr. Björn Róbertsson, has implemented the NTP service.

Aug 28, 2012 - VID (Very Important Domains)

VID (Very Important Domains)

ISNIC is always evolving the registration of .is domains. A very important change, which is designed to increase the security of .is domains further, is being planned. This includes being able to mark domains as "very important domains", or VID.

VID's will get special treatment, especially regarding rights and renewals. So called VID insurance means that a VID's registration never expires accidentally. It will also be harder to transfer VID's to new registrants, since it will require confirmation from the registrants themselves, either digitally or a signed confirmation.

To prepare for this change, domain registrants are asked to update the registrants email at ISNIC, which can be done under "Modify Registration" on My Page. Only the administrative contact can edit the registrant information. In the fall, all administrative contacts and registrants with a registered email address will get an email where these changes will be explained in detail.


Jun 15, 2012 - Hundreds of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLD's)

Hundreds of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLD's)

ICANN has finally published who applies for which new generic TLDs. The New gTLD strings, inholds hunderds of generic Domain ideas. Some are good and some bad.

These are the most wanted according to the list:

13 applicants want .APP.

11 companies and persons would like to own and run .HOME and .INC.

10 parties understanding art applied for .ART.
  9 applications were received for: .BLOG, .SHOP .BOOK og .LLC.
  8 would like to run: .DESIGN, .MOVIE og .MUSIC.
  7 applied for each of these: .HOTEL, .NEWS, .MAIL, .LTD, .CLOUD, .LOVE, .WEB, og .STORE.
  6 companies want .VIP, .ONLINE, .CORP, .CPA, .NOW, .TECH, .BABY, .LAW, .GMBH, og .GROUP.
  5 have interest in .SITE, .TICKETS, .BUY, .FREE, .STYLE, .GAME, og .SALE.

And four would like .GAY.

ISNIC is the registry for the beautiful ccTLD .is which is 25 year old this year.

Jun 6, 2012 - IPv6 Launch Day

IPv6 Launch Day

Today is 'IPv6 Launch Day'. It differs from last year because now all participants are asked to keep IPv6 support turned on from now on! Whether you're an ISP or device manufacturer - you're asked to make it a default item.

ISNIC (and therefore the .is domain as well) has been IPv6 capable for some time, and all our operations are accessible through IPv6. Some thoughts from ISNIC's System Admin can be found here.

May 24, 2012 - Bills and Business Overview on My Page

Bills and Business Overview on My Page

ISNIC's customers can now access their bills and transaction overview under "Invoices" on "My Page". This function was requested by ISNIC's listed Providers (Registrars), but is just as useful for general registrants also. The customer's  billing contact (as listed in Whois) uses his/her NIC-handle to access to the business transactions of that customer.

With the adoption of this new service ISNIC will gradually reduce printed material, and eventually only send out printed bills to those customers who have "opted-in"  (still to come on "My Page") to receive printed bills and have accepted to be charged for postage.

Apr 25, 2012 - Safe and secure ".is"

Safe and secure ".is"

ISNIC is responsible for the safe and fair operation of the top level domain ".is". ISNIC maintains a high technical reliability of all .is-domains around the world. On this website ISNIC provides a web based registration system for administering .is-domains for everyone.

To support .is domains, ISNIC provides a network of high quality name servers distributed around the world. ISNIC's service has a reputation of fairness and 100% Domain-Name-Server (DNS)uptime for 25 years.

The domain (University of Iceland) is one of the oldest domains in the world, registered on December 11th 1986 by SURIS, the forerunner of ISNIC, even though the ccTLD .is itself was registered almost a year later on November 18. 1987 at IANA.

Apr 19, 2012 - ISNIC's is office is closed today, the First Day of Summer

ISNIC's is office is closed today, the First Day of Summer

"First Day of Summer" (the third thursday in April) is a public holiday in Iceland. Therefore our office is closed today. ISNIC whises you a happy and productive summer and thanks you for your business this past winter. We are open again tomorrow.

Apr 13, 2012 - Review your domain registration regularly

Review your domain registration regularly

The "Whois" search window (top-right) is a very useful item on this page. If you lookup your domain, you will see all pertinent information about it there; the registrant, the contacts, the hosting information and the DNS provider. A domain is just the last part with the .is suffix - not the www.

The NIC-handle is your "username" or "login" for the ISNIC web portal. Please remember, it's the registrants responsibility to review and maintain the information about the domain, and the Administrative Contact is the person who usually carries out this task. All operations are on this website and are carried out by one of the contacts, who each have slightly different privileges. Technical and billing contacts cannot transfer or delete your domain. Only the Administrative Contact can change all information.

Most people forget their password. Use "Lost Password"  to create a new password for your NIC handle if you have forgotten yours. The "Lost Password" link is sent to the e-mail address registered for the contact.  Note that an incorrectly configured spam filter may put this message in your spam folder, so please check that.




Apr 4, 2012 - Happy Easters

Happy Easters

ISNIC's office will be closed during Easters untill Tuesday the 10th of April. No domains will be closed automatically untill then. Happy holidays :).

Your ISNIC, the .is Registry.

Mar 10, 2012 - RIX upgraded to 10GB

RIX upgraded to 10GB

The RIX (Reykjavik Internet Exchange) has been fully upgraded to support 10GB connections. The RIX is a independent peering exchange operated by ISNIC. It's located at Dunhagi 5 and Höfðatún 2.

Feb 24, 2012 - RIX accepts 10GB connections

RIX accepts 10GB connections

RIX (Reykjavik Internet Exchange) is an peering exchange point operated by ISNIC, the .is Registry in Reykjavik. There are two connection points, one in Dunhagi 5 (on the University of Iceland grounds) and one in Höfðatún 2. Anyone with their own AS number and IP network can connect.

ISNIC has deployed 10GB switches in both location and they'll be interconnected in the very near future. By connecting the local Internet Service Providers, ISNIC takes an active role in improving the local internet community by increasing the possible speed between providers with 10GB options.

The RIX is a not-profit part of ISNIC's operation and the increase to 10GB prompts the first increase in the connection rates for years!

Nov 2, 2011 - New Domain Registration Rules

New Domain Registration Rules

Published before on September 12. 2011.

The .is registration rules (.is domain policy) have been reorganized and rewritten. No substantial changes have been made but the rule wording has been changed and modernized. The ISNIC's Rules now include a new section on Domain Dispute Lock, which is a new service. The new domain rules are in effect from November 1st 2011.


Oct 14, 2011 - What am I paying the registry for?

What am I paying the registry for?

Sometimes our customers ask (and with right) "what is it we are paying ISNIC for"? The short version of the answer is to explain what happens if ISNIC stops servicing the domain. Then neither email nor the webpage will be found, in fact the domain disappears off the internet!

Companies like ISNIC are called Registries. They are only about 200 in the world, and they manage the worldwide Domain Name System (DNS) together.

The central operation of ISNIC is to run the DNS for the Top Level Domain .is, but all domains need a DNS-service to be found on the Internet. The domain and the DNS is a simple but clever and very effective way to find an IP-address which then connects users to an email or a web server on the Internet. Even though you might change your ip-address (i.e. your hosting) the domain will stay unchanged.

Many videos can be found on YouTube that explain the DNS-system. One of the good ones is DNS Basics, prepared by Johnson T. Rafallo, a young network and computer technician student.

Oct 6, 2011 - R.I.P. Steve Jobs

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

A true leader and pioneer in the world of computers, Mr. Steve Jobs, has passed away - at only 56 years of age. The states today: "NOBODY else in the computer industry, or any other industry for that matter, could put on a show like Steve Jobs...".

As many of our customers know, ISNIC has been familiar with Steve's products for a long time - but our offices have only used Apple computers for years, because they envelope our needs as a registry for quality, reliability and security.

Sep 12, 2011 - Domain Registration Rules Reorganized

Domain Registration Rules Reorganized

The .IS registration rules (.is domain policy) has been reorginzed and rewritten. No substantial changes have been made but the rule wording has been changed and modernized. The reorganization work was done by a law student Steindór Dan Jensen in cooperation with the ISNIC staff. The new rules will come into effect on November 1 2011.


New Domain Registration Rules

Jun 30, 2011 - Direct domain registrations

Direct domain registrations

ISNIC is the registry operator for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .is (Iceland).

Since ISNIC allows direct registrations, you may choose either to register your .is-domain directly here on our website, or through one of ISNIC's Providers or Agents.

ISNIC is responsible for the safe and fair operation of the .is domain, and maintains a high technical reliability of all .is-domains. On this website ISNIC provides a web based registration system for administering .is-domains. To support .is domains, ISNIC provides a network of high quality name servers distributed around the world. ISNIC's service has a reputation of fairness and 100% Domain-Name-Server (DNS)uptime for almost 25 years. The domain (University of Iceland) is one of the oldest domains in the world, registered December 11th 1986.

On our website you will find information relevant to the registration and administration of .is-domains. We also explain fundamental procedures, like choosing provider (ISP), transferring domain to a new registrant (holder) and automatic domain renewal.

Jun 17, 2011 - Iceland National Day

Iceland National Day

Today, June 17th is the Iceland National Day, or independence day.
ISNIC, and most Icelandic companies are therefore closed. ISNIC's office is open again on monday. You register and pay for an .is domain here on our website 24/7.

Jun 2, 2011 - ISNIC's office closed on Ascension Day

ISNIC's office closed on Ascension Day

Like all icelandic companies, ISNIC closes it's office today. We will be back on friday.

May 6, 2011 - Web Forwarding of additional Domain

Web Forwarding of additional Domain

A recently launched service in the ISNIC solution enables the owners of .is domains to redirect one domain to another, commonly refered to as web forwarding. This is a limited DNS service which can be useful for additional domains like temporary marketing domains or domains containing Icelandic characters (IDN domains).

Some use the ISNIC forwarding service to redirect a .is domain to their Facebook page such as

If a domain with Icelandic characters is registered to the same ID number as the main domain a 90% discount is applied to the yearly IDN domain fee. There is no additional charge for the forwarding service which is included in the yearly domain fee.

Apr 21, 2011 - Bank holiday and easter

Bank holiday and easter

ISNIC closes the offices during the easter vacation like so many Icelandic businesses.
Easter lasts from 22nd April - 25th April.
We will be available again on tuesday, 26th April.
Domains can be registered at any time if you use a credit card.

Note that 21st April is a bank holiday in Iceland (first day of summer) and ISNIC is closed as well.

Apr 18, 2011 - .is best Scandinavian Domain according to McAfee Report 2010

.is best Scandinavian Domain according to McAfee Report 2010

The annual McAfee® report "Mapping the Mal Web" listing the worlds riskiest domains 2010 has just been released. The report finds that yet again the .is domain is in good order with regards to very high reliability and the lack of errors.

According to McAfee® the .is domain is the best Scandinavian domain, the 6th best in Europe and the 11th best in the world for 2010 (McAfee, Mapping the Mal Web 2010, pg. 18). A total of 6.102 .is-domains were investigated that referred to as many websites and email addresses. A search was done for malware, websites with browser exploits, spamminess and high risk websites run by suspect companies or individuals.

The response time of domains and error frequency was also investigated. The so called weighted error and risk frequency of the .is-domain was measured at 0.2%, which places the .is domain in place 96 of the 102 tested, the fewest errors were detected on the ccTLD .gg which, according to McAfee, is the best and most secure domain in Europe. Surprisingly .dk (Denmark) is in second place in Scandinavia and .fi (Finland) being the least secure in Scandinavia with 100% more errors than .is and in 23. position in Europe, central Asia and Africa. The error frequency of .fi increased by 41.5% between years.

The least secure country level domain in Europe, central Asia and Africa is .cm (Cameroon) where the error frequency was found to be 22.2%. The worst and least secure country code in the world is .vn (Vietnam) which has a 29.4% error and risk frequency.

It is of interest that the common domain .com is now in 1st place on the overall list as the most insecure domain - replacing .cm (Cameroo) that held the position last year. A very high proportion of .com domains tested (31.3%) were found to contain errors or risk factors. The second place is occupied by .info, a relatively young top level domain which was ment to be come a very secure domain.

It is of concern that such a large share of domains belonging to the largest top level domain are found to contain errors, viruses and other security dangers for the common user. This can only damage the trust in the Internet and could, if not handled correctly, reduce transactions over the Internet.

The above shows how important the correct management and operation of Top Level Domains are to the quality and trust of the domain. ISNIC encourages all interested, especially legislators, to study the report thoroughly. It can be found using Google to search for  "Mapping the Mal Web 2010".

Apr 16, 2011 - FTP celebrates it's 40th birthday

FTP celebrates it's 40th birthday

Today is the 40th anniversary of FTP, the original file sharing protocal (File Transfer Protocol). It's described by RFC114 which was published on this day in 1971 by Abhay Bhushan.

It's still used by many applications and still used to publish (upload) to the web documents and files which are usually made available to web browser which use HTTP to read and present our web-pages.

Prior to graphical web browsers, the most common tools to 'browse' were telnet, gopher, irc and ftp. Ftp was synonymous with 'download' and 'upload'.

Mar 4, 2011 - 20% increase in domain registrations

20% increase in domain registrations

The number of new domains in february were 672 compared to 558 in february 2010, giving an increase of about 20%. The number of deleted domains were 225 compared to 200 in february 2010. The net increase in domains in february this year is about 447 domains compared to 358 in february 2010. This is a nice surprise for ISNIC and the Internet community in Iceland.

A registration of a domain is often the first step of realizing a new idea, a plan or a promise of something that is going to be. An increase in domain registrations might therefore be viewed as a strong sign of more optimism in Iceland. We wish the new 672 .is-domains registered in february all the best.   

Dec 20, 2010 -

Under what circumstances would ISNIC close or delete the domain based on the contents of their website?

The answer is simple, such an action would require a formal court order from an Icelandic court. ISNIC has never been handed such a verdict about any .is-domain during its close to 25 years of history.                                       

ISNIC is not responsible for the registrant's usage of his/her domain, the contents of email sent from the domain's email addresses (e.g. or the content of the domain's web pages (e.g. It is ISNIC's duty and prime function to maintain uninterrupted service to all .is-domains, at all times, anywhere in the world. Only Icelandic authorities, armed with a court order, can order ISNIC to delete or close down a particular .is-domain. This has, as said before, never happened.

Registrants (who've read our Rules and FAQ) know however that domains may be closed for two main reasons. Once closed, the system will delete a domain automatically pending a 60 day grace period. During this process the domain's contacts receive multiple notices and warnings. The reasons for closing a domain are: non-payment of the domain's fees, or if the domain's registration or technical setup is not according to ISNIC's specifications, rules and regulations. So, in short, the only way would be closed (and eventually deleted) by ISNIC is if its registrant would not renew the domain or if it's technical DNS setup and/or whois registration would no longer be according to ISNIC's registration rules.

Dec 10, 2010 - Dispute lock - A new service from ISNIC

Dispute lock - A new service from ISNIC

While a domain dispute is being processed by the authorities, it is necessary to prevent the disputed domain from being transferred (it's registrant changed) to a third party.
ISNIC will therefore implement the possibility of placing a domain into dispute-lock. The requesting party must produce documentation proving that the dispute has been accepted for resolution by an Icelandic court or other qualified party.
The following changes will be made to the .is registration rules:

To article 1 the following definition is added:

1.1.17 Dispute lock
Registrant of a domain under dispute lock can not be changed.

New article 12:

12. Dispute Lock

12.1 Parties to a dispute over a particular .IS domain can, under certain circumstances (see 12.4a,) request that ISNIC lock the domain such that the domain's registrant can not be changed.    

12.2 Locking a domain does not affect the domain's technical status. Locked domains can be re-delegated to different hosting providers.

12.3 The lock requester registers the locking request electronically via the ISNIC web and pays the locking fee according the the ISNIC tariff. Accompanying the request must be copies of the case documentation as delivered to the appropriate resolution authority (see 12.4).

12.4 ISNIC considers locking requests if accompanied by verification that the case has been brought to resolution by
a) Icelandic Courts or
b) The Icelandic Consumer Agency or
c) The ISNIC Board of Appeals or
d) any other party, formally qualified to issue a legally binding verdict in the case.

12.5 The dispute-lock on a domain lasts for 6 months. It can be extended another 6 months without
a renewed application if a resolution is expected within 6 months and progress is documented on the case.
If the case is unresolved after 12 months a new locking application must be made and new documentation
submitted indicating that the case is still being processed by the appropriate resolution authority.      

12.6 A domain under dispute-lock is transferred to the lock requester if       
a) the current registrant deletes the domain or
b) the current registrant ignores a verdict to delete, or to transfer, the domain to the lock applicant.

12.7 A domain transferred to the lock requester has it's creation date set to the day the dispute resolution is implemented by ISNIC.

12.8 If a reconciliation is reached during the dispute-lock period, the lock requester must register this with ISNIC, closing the case and lifting the registry lock. The locking fee is not refunded.

Nov 17, 2010 - Quality Laws for quality domains

Quality Laws for quality domains

The Icelandic ministry of Communications has proposed a new law concerning the country code top level domain .is. The proposed new law also covers any future top level domains that in some way reference or are related to Iceland . For almost 25 years (since, the first .is domain was registered) the rules of ISNIC have been applied to the registration of .is domains. They will continue to apply but in the future (if the proposed bill is signed into law) will be backed up by laws and regulations.

ISNIC encourages the registrants of .is domains to study the proposed bill, and accompanying comments. Proposed new law about .is (in icelandic)

ISNIC has several reservations, but it is our wish that the new law will result in better protection for the registrants and preservation of the quality of the .is neighborhood. ISNIC has proposed amendments to better protect the independence of the domain, as an address on the internet, but not regulate and restrict so as to limit future development.

ISNIC is also of the opinion that questions regarding content stored on websites are unrelated to the domain itself. Domains are first and foremost addresses on the Internet. Domains as such do not have any content.

Oct 5, 2010 - Free Web forwarding by ISNIC

Free Web forwarding by ISNIC

You can now let ISNIC forward your .IS domain to any given URL by using the "Web forwarding" in the ISNIC-system. It's a free service - i.e. it's included in the year-fee of the domain.

Oct 4, 2010 - Short service period

Short service period

ISNIC's web service will be interrupted for a few minutes between 18:00 and 18:30.
No other disruptions are made to ISNIC's services.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

The ISNIC Staff

Aug 20, 2010 - 30.000 .IS Domains

30.000 .IS Domains

The number of .IS Domains has now reached 30.000. The ccTLD .IS is one of the "smallest" Top Level Domains in the whole DNS Society, but also one of the most secure ones according to McAfee report. Newertheless has .IS had a growth of over 100% in last three years. Domain number 30.000 is, registed to Aspiro AS in Oslo Norway. We estemate that the dot IS will continue to grow at the same speed in years to come, as it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful Top Level Domains in the world.

Aug 2, 2010 - Bank holiday today

Bank holiday today

The weekend including the first monday in August is called "Verslunarmannahelgin" in icelandic, or "The Merchant's Weekend", which has an extra holiday on monday for everyone. ISNIC's office is therefore closed today.

Jun 17, 2010 - Office closed on Iceland's National Day.

Office closed on Iceland's National Day.

ISNIC's office is closed today, 17th of June, as usually.

To day is "Þjóðhátíðardagur", the National Day of Iceland. We celebrate the proclamation of the Republic in 1944 and the birthday of Jon Sigurdsson, 1811-1879, the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement.

May 24, 2010 - ISNIC closed, monday 24th

ISNIC closed, monday 24th

Dear customer,
ISNIC offices are closed, today is a bank holiday being the monday after White Sunday (Pentecost Monday).
Domains can still be registered and activated immediately here on, if you pay with a credit card.

Mar 11, 2010 - .IS amongst the most secure top level domains in the world

.IS amongst the most secure top level domains in the world

A recent report published by McAfee, "Mapping the Mal Web" 2009, states that the ccTLD ".is" is amongst the 10 most secure domains in the world. There is only a 0,3% chance of a malicious .is domain involving viruses or other forms online threats.

The report paints a dark picture of the state of some top level domains (TLD's) and more than 100% increase in the number of risky domains in the world. As before the situation is most serious in Asia and the city of Shaoxing in China is known as the virus capital of the world. The Chinese authorities have cracked down on this issue and over a period of several months have removed 5,7 million .cn domains, or about 78% of the entire .cn-zone!

In Europe the worst hit is Romania (.ro) with about 21% chance of landing on an infected domain in the .ro-zone. It is thus best to proceed with caution when opening email or websites from these domains unless you are sure of its contents.

Source: CENTR, McAfee, Wikipedia.

Mar 3, 2010 - ISNIC moves

ISNIC moves

On 4th of March, ISNIC moves from Dunhagi 5 to Höfðatún 2, 105 Reykjavík. The office is closed, but you can use Svarbox and email to contact us.
None of ISNIC's services should be affected by the move.

Feb 10, 2010 - How does the Internet work?

How does the Internet work?

For those who are interested, this simple video on Youtube may help you understand how the Internet works, especially Internet Exchanges (IX) like the RIX which ISNIC operates.

Another video explains in simple terms how the Internet naming system (DNS) works.

ISNIC's services for the .IS domain are equivalent to the services explained for the .EU domain in the video.

Jan 5, 2010 - 2009 - A good year

2009 - A good year

The ISNIC Team is very proud and thankful for 2009. It has been the best in our 20 years. We simplified and reduced the registration fee, accepted payment in Euros, we did not increase the annual fee, and still maintained a good financial result for the company.

The .is domain holders are of course the primary reason for this success. On average they registered 19.4 domain each day, for a total of 7,084 new domains. This is the greatest increase in .is domains ever. The number of 'active' domains at the end of the year increased 25%.

We wish you a happy new year and our best wishes for 2010.

Dec 22, 2009 - Season greetings

Season greetings

ISNIC will be closed over the christmas holidays, 23rd-25th december. We will also close on december 31st.
ISNIC opens on january 4th.
You can still complete your domain registrations and payments on-line. Please check for our Svarbox for on-line service or e-mail us at

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

Nov 11, 2009 - Good news for .IS domains

Good news for .IS domains

The total number of dot IS domains has now reached 27.000. New .IS-domain registrations have been very healthy lately and new registrations this September increased by 77% over September 2008, and October registrations increased 45% over the same month last year.

At the end of October 2009, the total number of .IS domains has increased by 34% last 12 moths, and by 68% over end of October 2007. The staff of ISNIC has done many important changes last three years to improve the service, which has now payed off.

Oct 23, 2009 - The German ccTLD changes their registration requirements

The German ccTLD changes their registration requirements

The .DE domain has relaxed some of it's rules and now you can register 2 letter domains and similar domains as other rootdomains (like .com and .net), register geographic abbreviations of car license plates.
More information on DENIC

Oct 19, 2009 - The number 42

The number 42

The number 42 is a special number. During week 42 ISNIC received 42 domain registrations from individuals of 152 new domains in the 42. week of the year.

Sep 1, 2009 - New registration increase by 55%

New registration increase by 55%

The .is-domain registrations during August increased by 55% from August 2008. 537 domains were registered, while 337 domains were registered August 2008. This is fantastic news. Inspite of an increase in cancellations the total number of .IS domains continues to increase. We expect that we will have 26000 domains by the end of August (need only 250 domains).
ISNIC has changed regulations and made registration as easy as normal on-line shopping and, last but not least, reduced the price by 36%. ISNIC accepts payments in Euros.

Jul 21, 2009 - 20 years of Internet in Iceland

20 years of Internet in Iceland

July 21st 2009 marks the 20 year anniversary of the first IP communication in and out of Iceland. This day, in 1989 SURIS (an informal organization of networking people in Iceland -- later incorporated as ISNIC Internet á Íslandi hf.) established direct IP communication to NORDUnet POP in Lyngby south of Copenhagen.

This connection was implemeted as IP over X.25 over a satellite link. At the time there were no cables to Iceland and the only way to implement datacircuts was using the X.25 network offered by the goverment/incumbent phone companies running the show.

X.25 was/is notoriously ill suited to transport IP packets and the circut bandwith was only 300-1200 bits/sec. This connection did however benefit the already growing network in Iceland, adding interactive (telnet) and file transfer (FTP) possibilites to the already existing indirect Internet connections (email and Usenet).

This circut was used for just about one year, replaced by a 9600 bit/sec leased line to Stockholm and Internet development in Iceland started.

See also ISNIC - Internet á Íslandi hf. and NORDUnet history.

Jun 24, 2009 - Web Forwarding

Web Forwarding

ISNIC newest service is Web Forwarding.
Once logged in, you can forward your .is-domain's web to an active website by clicking on ""Web Forwarding" on My Page.
If you insert the IP address of the webserver, you may need to configure it to display YOUR web, Host Header (IIS) OR Virtual Host (Apache) are terms you might need to discuss with your webmaster.
You can also insert a single mailserver name for an MX record (optional).

Jun 17, 2009 - Bank holiday

Bank holiday

Today, June 17th is the Icelandic National Day, or independence day.
ISNIC, and most Icelandic companies are therefore closed but we open again tomorrow.

May 19, 2009 - Domain registrations are rising in spite of everything!

Domain registrations are rising in spite of everything!

A new addition on our website is a domain counter which shows you how many registered .IS domains there are. It's located next to the flags on the top of the page. Today, 19/May/2009, we are close to breaking the 25.000 mark!

Apr 27, 2009 - .IS now serviced by the Autonomica Anycast System

.IS now serviced by the Autonomica Anycast System

ISNIC has signed a contract for anycasti services for the .is ccTLD with Autonomica AB of Stockholm Sweden. Autonomica is the current operator of the I-root, and as such operates servers in 33 locations all over the world.

The IS has been served by the ISC SNS@ISC system for some time now and together these two systems mean that the response time for delegation record lookup for .IS domains will be much improved globally. ISNIC will also have better defenses against various types of resource depletion on the .is nameserver set.

See also RFC3258 - Distributing Authoritative Name Servers via Shared Unicast Addresses and RFC1546 - Host Anycasting Service

Apr 22, 2009 - Summer is here!

Summer is here!

Those who pay by credit card can register and pay for a .is domain here on the website 24/7. You just need to register as a contact from the menu on the left, and follow the instructions. The whole process takes about 10-15 minutes.

The ISNIC office is closed on Thursday 23rd April for "the first day of summer" which in Iceland is a public holiday. Thank you for the passing winter and have a happy summer!

The ISNIC staff

Apr 8, 2009 - Easter holidays

Easter holidays

ISNIC closes the offices during the easter vacation like so many Icelandic businesses.
Easter lasts from 9th April - 13th April.
We will be available again on tuesday, 14th April.
Domains can be registered at any time if you use a credit card.

Happy Easter!

The ISNIC staff.

Apr 7, 2009 - RFC-1 40 year jubilee

RFC-1 40 year jubilee

Today is the 40th anniversary of the publication of RFC1 - Host Software by Steve Crocker. RFC stands for "Request for Comments" and it is the procedure by which nearly all internet protocols are documented to this day. RFC-1 describes NCP which was used from 1969 to 1982 when it was replaced by TCP (as described in RFC-793) still in use today.

For more information on the development of the "Internet", as we know it, try search for the following: ARPANET, USENET, BITNET and for closer view; EUnet and NORDUnet (e.g. history of Nordic networking. Search for CERN, Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Caillau for information on the later develeopments, for example the World Wide Web (www.).

ISNIC's role is the management of the Top Level Domain .IS in the DNS system. The DNS system as we know it today is based on RFC1033, published in November 1987.

Jan 1, 2009 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We wish you all a happy new year!

ISNIC will open on January 5th but you can still get your domains with our on-line payment system!

The ISNIC Team

Dec 1, 2008 - ISNIC cuts initial registration fee

ISNIC cuts initial registration fee

The ISNIC domain tariff has now been changed, and the initial registration cost lowered as of December 1st 2008. Now only the first year fee needs to be prepaid, before the domain is registered, the special startup fee (initial registration fee) is no longer charged.

The registration/renewal fee is now EUR 39, for all domains. Invoices will from now on be issued in euros to reduce the exchange-rate risks involving Icelandic currency. No VAT is levied on registrations with foreign billing contacts.

See the ISNIC tariff for more information.

Nov 29, 2008 - ISNIC update

ISNIC update

19:30. The ISNIC web server has now been updated.
Users should see no visible changes, and functionality should remain the same for all operations.


Nov 28, 2008 - Announcement


The ISNIC web site will be down for maintainence on 29th November 2008.
The service period will be from 13:00 GMT to 16:00 GMT.
During the service period, new domains cannot be registered and domains cannot be modified.
This maintenance does not affect the availability of any .IS domain.
ISNIC - Internet a Islandi, Technical Staff

Nov 14, 2008 - .IS - a highly secure Top Level Domain

.IS - a highly secure Top Level Domain

ISNIC and it's forerunners have registered .IS domains from 1988. ".IS" is consistently among the top 5 most secure domains in the world according to McAfee Inc, 2008, and 2007. Dot IS was one of the first ccTLD's to have a completely automated registration system, established in 2001.

ISNIC maintains the security of it's domain registration by insisting on correct and up-to-date information on all registrants and all domain contacts, and by making the registration of .IS domains dependent on well defined technical requirements. Please reed about ISNIC's Technical Requirements.

Nov 4, 2008 - On-line chat

On-line chat

The Svarbox (above) is a secure on-line chat, directly to an on-line ISNIC representative. Click on the yellow logo, type your name and e-mail click the button and we will reply to your question, immediately or via email if we are not here...

Oct 29, 2008 - .IS Registration rules changed.

.IS Registration rules changed.

Registering .IS domains no longer requires the domain's administrative contact to be icelandic. The registration steps are simple: First you need a username (NIC- handle) from ISNIC. To create your "NIC-handle" select "Contacts/register" from the menu (left). Once you have verified your username you can login, and then select "Domains/register" from the menu. Further explanations can be found in the FAQ.

For registrants who need a legal presence in Iceland, the Agents are still available and can assist with domestic matters such as copyright, trademarks or other issues.

Please note that ISNIC reserves the right to revoke registrations with wrong or incomplete contact information.

The ISNIC Team

Oct 17, 2008 - Addendum to the upcoming regulation change

Addendum to the upcoming regulation change

Following the announcement of .IS domain rules to change 29th October, the ISNIC Board has made an additional modification.

The modification will remove fully the requirement for an Icelandic agent, ID number or a registered agent. However, we expect domestic registrations to include ID numbers for legal reasons and tax purposes.

The purpose of agents is still valid, however the reason for agents, overseas, is reduced and we point to the ISP application here on our website - which will be more beneficial for resellers. Local agents will still be available to foreign companies who require formal presence, and for issues regarding protection of trademarks, logos etc.

In order to maintain a accurate and trustworthy database, some additional amendments are made regarding the cancellation of domains. They will be available shortly and will be introduced on the ISNIC website.

Sep 30, 2008 - Administrative contact regulation change

Administrative contact regulation change

Administrative contact or proxy agent change

The Board of ISNIC has agreed to modify the requirement for foreign registrations (Rule 2.3.1). Foreign registrants will here after be able to designate a registered agent as before, however the agent list will also include foreign agents who have a service agreement with ISNIC.

We expect the list to grow and allow any foreign registrant to register .is domains through their own local registrars. Those who have further questions or wish to become involved are welcome to contact us by email or by phone.

ISNIC still expects all new domains to be correctly registered and for any domain, there will be a person or a company which can be contacted at any time, this will continue our effort to maintain a highly trustworthy and secure domain - which .IS certainly is.

This change is also in line with other Nordic and European countries and the global trend, which is to allow more and more people or companies to identify with the TLD they desire.

This has been formally announced as of September 30th 2008. Rules and regulations are enacted at first 30 days after they have been formally announced.

Jul 31, 2008 - Dot IS now open 24/7

Dot IS now open 24/7

You can now register and pay for a secure .IS top level domain by creditcard, and register your older domains into automatic and secure renewal.

Registration process in six easy steps:

1. Select Contacts -> Register, from the menu, if you are a new user.
If are already a registered user you can enter your domain name in the Whois search field, top right hand corner. The result displays the NIC handles related to the domain. Use your NIC handle to login to the ISNIC web or submit a request for lost password.
2. If you have an ISNIC email for a new password, follow the URL and the instructions. You are now logged in and can register domains. If you want to register a .is domain you must enter correct contact information on the domain's registrant. This is a prime issue and makes .is domains highly trustworthy and secure. If you wish to be anonymous, you should not register .is domains.
3. Select Domains -> Register from the menu. Insert the domain name, including the .is ending. Type this correctly, since the domain will be registered according to what you type here. Click Submit and continue.
4. Select your hosting provider or insert your own nameservers. Choose Parking if you do not have a provider yet.
5. Enter the information about the registrant, all Icelandic registrants should have a ID number. Foreigners should enter their address information and must specify an icelandic administrative contact. See Domain->Agents for a list of possible agents.
6. Payment information can be entered directly after this. Alternatively continue with any of the deferred payment options, your domain is queued for registration. Note that payment is only deferred for two days, after that the domain becomes available again.

Your domain should be visible undir 'My Page' with the registration status and payment status. You can also finalize payment there. After the payment has been verified the domain will be registered within 60 minutes. Creditcard payments are verified automatically.

ISNIC (Internet in Island AG) is the Registry for the Top Level Domain .IS.

Jul 17, 2008 - Registration and renewal fees by creditcard

Registration and renewal fees by creditcard

ISNIC customers can now pay registration and renewal fees for .is domains by creditcard. The last step of the registration process now allows the registrant to select to pay the fees using a creditcard. The registrant can also register the card details with ISNIC and register his/her domains for automatic renewal. In this case the renewal fee will be debeted to the card 60 days prior to its expiry date, automatically.

Existing domains can similarly be registered for automatic renewal. The domain's admin or billing contact logs on the ISNIC web, selects Change Automatic Renewals, and clicks Register for automatic renewal for the each domain where automatic renewal is desired, either selecting to use their already registered creditcard, or registering one for the renewal. The domain will then be renewed 60 days prior to its expiry date, automatically every year while the card is valid.

Jun 20, 2008 - Dot IS is a very secure domain

Dot IS is a very secure domain

According to the new McAfee report Mapping the Mal Web (jun/2008) the icelandic contry code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .IS is one of the least-risky domains in the world, and the 4th best in Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Many generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) such as .info, .org, .net and .biz) are, however, very badly rated - dot info beeing the worst domain in the world.

The most heavily trafficked TLD in the world - .com - is, according to McAfee report, much riskier than the avaverage ccTLD by 28,3 percent! This is something to consider strongly when choosing the TLD for your business.

Jun 2, 2008 - Opening hours change during the summer

Opening hours change during the summer

Please note that our phone support will only be open from 9-16 during the summer period.

You can also contact us by email or by using the online chat (the yellow Svarbox logo on our website). When gray (off hours) it will send us your message which we will then respond to on next working day.

Apr 7, 2008 - Birthday of the internet

Birthday of the internet

Today there are 39 years since the contract between ARPA and BBN was made. The ARPANET is the cornerstone of the Internet as we know it today. Another contract, RFC-1, is also published on this day:

Sep 21, 2007 - Changes to .IS technical requirements

Changes to .IS technical requirements

ISNIC has changed the technical requirements for .IS delegations. It is no longer required to provide zone-transfer access to registered .IS domains and a MX record is no longer required.

Technical requirements can be found on our website.

Nameserver requirements
Domain delegation requirements

All registered domains under .IS are required to comply with these requirements and are periodically checked for compliance.

Sep 19, 2007 - Dot IS now easier to register

Dot IS now easier to register

Foreign registrants of .IS domains have until now been required to confirm their ownership of the corresponding trademark at the Icelandic Patent Agency (Einkaleyfastofa) before the domain can be registered. This requirement has now been lifted.

Foreigners can now, just as Icelanders, register any .IS domain they please. Foreign nationals, however, are still required to identify a domestic contact person. This is a practical arrangement established to facilitate ISNICs ability to contact the domains supervisors. Rule no. 2.3.1. has been changed in accordance with the above mentioned, and rule no. 2.3.2. which stipulated dispensations from rule 2.3.1. has been nullified. After these changes all are equal in relation to the rules of ISNIC.

Oct 19, 2004 - RIPE NCC Operated K-root Server Instance Deployed in Reykjavik

RIPE NCC Operated K-root Server Instance Deployed in Reykjavik

On Thursday 14, October 2004, The RIPE NCC (Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre) in partnership with ISNIC deployed a new mirror instance of the K-root Internet root name server at the Reykjavik Internet Exchange (RIX), Iceland.

For more infromation see the K-root website

Jul 1, 2004 - Registration of IDN names

Registration of IDN names

On July 1 2004 ISNIC started accepting registration of localized (IDN) domain names. Names are restricted to the official icelandic alphabet (ASCII plus áéýúíóþæðö). During the registration "sunrise" period for localized domains (until January 1 2005), preference will be given to registrants of corresponding non-IDN names according to provisional article 14 of the .IS delegation rules.

Note that these names have very limitied utility as most client programs currently lack the ability to translate localized domain names to their ACE encoding (see RFC3090, RFC3091 and RFC3092).

Please contact for further information on this.

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