Real estate investment in Iceland

Foreigners can buy, lease and sell properties without restrictions in Iceland. The sale of land to foreigners is prohibited. The land on which the house stands can be taken on a long-term lease.

Statistics confirm the liquidity of investments: every quarter, residential real estate prices grow by an average of 2,5%. Five years ago, an apartment of 100 m² cost an average of €267,000, and today it is sold for €440,000.

€4,405

Average price per 1 m²

2,5%

Average price growth per quarter

0,9—3,4%

Associated costs, of the property value

How the residential property price index is growing in Iceland

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Cost of a 3-bedroom apartment in Iceland

€1 million

Penthouse in Reykjavik

€500,000

Attic apartment with an ocean view in Reykjavik

€300,000

Apartment in Reykjavik

Iceland residence permit or citizenship by real estate investment

Obtaining an Iceland residence permit or citizenship is not connected with purchasing real estate.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can foreigners buy real estate in Iceland?

    Foreign nationals who are domiciled in Iceland, as well as European Economic Area nationals, can buy, sell, or rent out real estate without restrictions. But the sale of land to foreigners is prohibited — the land on which the house stands can be long-term rented.

    Other types of foreign nationals need to obtain a permit from the minister of justice for buying real estate in Iceland.

  • How much does an average house cost in Iceland?

    The average cost of housing in the country is €4,405 per 1 m². The most expensive housing is in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, where the average cost is €6,200 per 1 m².

  • What tax do you pay when buying Iceland property?

    Buyers of real estate in Iceland pay a stamp duty of 0,8%.

    Property owners in Iceland also pay an annual municipal tax of up to 1,65% of the cadastral value of the property. The tax rate depends on the municipality.

  • How long does it take to buy a house in Iceland?

    While each instant is unique, real estate buyers in Iceland should estimate a 3—4 week process, from searches for the best property to ownership registration. Note that foreign nationals that are not domiciled in Iceland, or are outside the European Economic Area, need to obtain a permit from Iceland’s minister of justice for buying real estate.