Why own a home in Iceland?
A unique landscape and unmatched natural beauty with the northern lights illuminating the winter nights. A thriving cosmopolitan cultural scene in the culinary capital of the North. One of the safest places on the planet to visit and to invest in. There are many reasons to want to live in Iceland, and with 29 airlines offering direct flights to over 100 destinations it is also easily accessible.
Icelandic society is open and cosmopolitan and visitors can expect a heartfelt welcome. Most Icelanders speak English, and many speak a third or a fourth language. You won’t find any old castles or roman ruins, but instead the Icelandic people are justifiably proud of their unique literary heritage. Iceland has more writers, more books published and more books read, per capita, than anywhere else in the world.
Nature and geology
Iceland is geographically and geologically unique. The country straddles the Mid-Atlantic fault line between Europe and America and is one of the most volcanically active places on Earth. From the Capital it only takes a few hours by car to reach natural wonders like the black sands of the highland desert, Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, and one of the greatest concentration of geysers in the world.
Accessibility from abroad
Twenty nine airlines operate regular flights to and from Iceland with direct flights to over a hundred destinations in Europe and North America. Among those destinations are Paris, London, Berlin, Brussels, New York, Boston and Los Angeles. Iceland is situated midway between Europe and North America with flights from New York taking around five hours and London only three hours away.
Sound investment environment
The Icelandic economy has recovered extraordinarily well from the 2008 banking crisis and is now among the healthiest in Europe. Real estate prices have risen steadily over the last eight years and analysts predict a similar upward trend for years to come, since plans for residential constructions may only meet a fraction of the current demand.
Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world to live in and to visit. The crime rate is among the lowest in the world and political stability is high. Iceland has no armed forces and police officers on the street are unarmed.