Review: Icelandic Glacial Spring Water

Review: Icelandic Glacial Spring Water

We’ve resisted reviewing bottled water on this blog, but finally we’re caving in.

Water from Iceland doesn’t sound entirely eco-conscious, but Icelandic says it is a carbon neutral product — in fact, it says it this the first CarbonNeutral (a private certification) bottled water in the world.

Sourced from Iceland’s Ölfus Spring System, this protected zone has no farming, animals, or buildings allowed within the 128,000-acre area. 0.1% of the annual spring flow is harvested from surface water; the remainder (reportedly double the world’s bottled water consumption) returns to the ocean. The bottling plant is hydroelectric-powered, packaging is made from 75% recycled materials, and carbon offsets are used to bring the water back up to carbon neutrality. As “green” products go, it’s hard to find any real fault with Icelandic.

On to the water. Total dissolved solids are 62 mg/l, and the pH is 8.4. The taste is very neutral, with a good mouthfeel and body. It doesn’t have that plastic taste that so many bottled waters succumb to, nor does it taste metallic like heavier mineral waters. There could be the slightest touch of citrus here, but otherwise it tastes like water should: Like nothing.

A / $7 for 6-pack of 500ml bottles /

Icelandic Glacial Spring Water




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. eric on November 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    youve lost credibility. reviewing water is stupid.

    • Alda on November 15, 2023 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you for your review of Icelandic!
      I like the water ordered first of the year.
      Like the lemon an lime also.
      This is not a duplicate comment!!!!!

  2. Sergio Estévez on November 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    In our blog we also tasted some water but found it hard to communicate to readers since the taste variations are really small.

    Greatings from Spain!

  3. J on January 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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    • Dotun, Long Island, NY USA on July 19, 2022 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you!
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  4. Caitlyn on October 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you for the review. Recently found this water being sold in the U.S.A and really liked the quality so was checking around online to see if it was really from Iceland and what others think of it. :)

  5. Flamenco on October 31, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    If ur going hate,,,,don’t voice ur negativity,,,,thares enough of it flowing around all ready,,,,if someone wants to review water,,,let em,,,at least thare not out shooting people…

  6. Jc on February 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Excellent water with superior taste. Thanks fir reviewing it. Good fortune withstanding unkind remarks and enjoy kindness.

  7. Rick on May 13, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Message…Tried this water today, found it at Sprouts in Colorado. Taste is awesome, like nothing! Very smooth. A+ in my book.

  8. Hildur on April 22, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    How can it be carbon neutral when it is shipped or flown great lengths over to other countries to be sold? And what is so environmental about this bottled water when it is sourced from the same source as the water that runs through the taps at every location, hotel, private home, gas station, etc. in South Iceland. You could save the environment by not buying bottled water, reducing the single use plastic and getting free tap water using your refill bottle. Also, the claim that it´s made of 75% recycled material must be wrong because of the extreme difficulty of using recycled material to make such clear plastic bottles. Usually companies only use 5% of recycled materials.

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