If you are from the US, or certain European countries, you might have noticed Icelandic water for sale in the supermarket. In Iceland, you will also probably notice Icelandic water for sale in the supermarket. Of course, bottled water is great in places where water quality is poor but in Iceland you are better off saving your money.
Icelandic bottled water is exactly the same as the water running through the taps/faucets in our bathrooms and kitchens. Icelanders drink straight from the tap, and often from springs and streams in nature – as they should – since Icelandic water is among the cleanest and healthiest in the world.
Icelandic water sources are inspected continually throughout the year. The water is superior in taste, since it isn’t treated with chlorine (as is common practice in other countries) and many chemicals commonly found in foreign water sources have never been found in Icelandic water.
Iceland is rich in groundwater due to porous bedrock and high precipitation. Groundwater moves slowly but surely through geologic formations of soil, sand and rocks that clean it along the way. In Iceland, the bedrock is mostly made up of basalt, making the water less acidic than in other countries (pH 6,5–9,5) giving it the classification of “soft water” because of low calcium and magnesium levels.
The water flows best through volcanic zones where the bedrock is relatively new. If it comes into contact with hot igneous rock formations it heats up, rises to the surface and creates geothermal areas. These geothermal water sources enable us to heat our houses in an environmentally friendly manner. Of course, the geothermal origin also means that our warm water sometimes smells of sulphur. The smell can take some getting used to but don’t worry, it is perfectly natural and healthy to bathe in.
In Iceland, 96% of the water we consume is sourced from groundwater. When you turn on the tap in an Icelandic home - or in your Hotel Rangá bathroom - what you see is what you get: clean H2O from the nature around you.