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Articles & Reviews - Icelandic water
Icelandic Water - The Best in the World?

Icelanders have the good fortune of having access to an almost limitless and inexpensive supply of natural hot and cold water. In addition, Icelanders can be proud of the drinking water quality, which is one of the purest in the world. The cold water from the tap is pure spring water, without any additives such as chlorine.
According to an OECD report from 2001, Icelandic drinking water is of high quality and without traces of contaminants or heavy metals. Stringent quality control measures ensure consistent quality and safety of the water. In fact, Reykjavik Water Works, now a part of Reykjavik Energy, was the first Nordic company to receive the ISO 9001 quality standard.

Visitors to Iceland often ask why the hot water smells of rotten eggs. This is because the hot and cold water come from two different sources. It is true that the hot water sometimes smells of sulfur, which is due to the geothermal origins of the hot water, making it excellent for bathing, but not drinking. The hot water which is supplied by the geothermal power plants is best experienced in one of the many geothermal swimming pools of the city.

In order to enjoy the unique taste of the pure spring water, just remember to let the cold water run for a while from the tap before tasting, to ensure that no hot water is mixed in. Or if you prefer, you can also buy it in bottles from convenience stores. The Icelandic spring water is safe, refreshing and tastes excellent. It is not without cause that Icelanders say their water is the best in the world!

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