Sipping Iceland’s Pristine Waters – Bottle or Tap?

Iceland's Waters, Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Iceland’s Waters, Seljalandsfoss waterfall

How´s Iceland’s waters and is it safe to drink it from the tap or should you buy water and drink it from a bottle instead? That´s a common question many travelers wonder. Not just when traveling to Iceland but when going abroad in general. 

Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is known for its breathtaking landscapes, from cascading waterfalls to towering glaciers. But amidst this natural wonderland, there’s another gem that often goes unnoticed. The pure and refreshing drinking water that flows straight from its pristine rivers and underground springs. 

Join us on a journey to explore the unique experience of drinking water in Iceland.

Iceland’s Liquid Gold

Of course it is safe to drink Iceland’s waters. In fact, Iceland is renowned for having some of the cleanest and most delicious water in the world. The secret lies in the country’s remarkable geology. With an abundance of volcanoes and geothermal activity, Iceland’s water is naturally filtered and mineral-rich, making it not only safe but incredibly refreshing.

Iceland's Waters, Tap water in Iceland.
Iceland’s Waters, Tap water in Iceland.

Taste the Purity

Iceland’s water has a distinct taste, unlike any other. As soon as you take your first sip, you’ll notice the difference. It’s as if you can taste the untouched wilderness in every drop. That’s why Icelanders are so proud of their water and prefer tap water over bottled alternatives.

Iceland has a rich and thriving brewing tradition. Due to Iceland’s waters, drinks such as sodas and alcohol have their own unique taste in Iceland.

Exploring Iceland´s Water Taps

Your Icelandic water adventure begins as soon as you arrive at Keflavik Airport. There, as in the capital city of Reykjavik you can explore the city’s numerous public water taps and fountains. Making it easy and accessible to refill your water bottles with Iceland´s delicious natural water. These taps are a testament to Iceland’s commitment to sustainability, providing fresh and free water to everyone.

Venturing Beyond Reykjavik

While Reykjavik is a great place to start, the real magic of Icelandic water lies beyond the city limits. As you journey into the countryside, you’ll find that you can quench your thirst from almost any natural source. Streams, rivers, and waterfalls are all fair game for a drink.

The Water of the Gods

A must-visit spot for water enthusiasts is the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park. This underwater chasm is not for drinking, but it’s a site of remarkable beauty and significance. It’s where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, and you can even snorkel or dive in the crystal-clear glacial water, experiencing some of the purest water on the planet.

Drinking Iceland's Waters from a natural spring.
Drinking Iceland’s Waters from a natural spring in Iceland.

Chasing Waterfalls (and Refreshment)

Iceland’s waterfalls are iconic, and while you may not be able to drink directly from them, you can certainly enjoy their refreshing mist. Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss are two such falls where you can get up close and personal with nature’s aquatic spectacle. All you need is just a rental car from Lagoon Car Rental and you can go on exploring Iceland´s amazing waterfalls.

Responsible Drinking

It’s essential to be respectful and responsible when drinking water from natural sources in Iceland. Always follow local guidelines, and avoid disturbing the delicate ecosystem. Leaving no trace is crucial to preserving the pristine beauty of this remarkable country.


Drinking water in Iceland is more than just staying hydrated; it’s a unique experience that connects you to the heart of this remarkable country. From the bustling streets of Reykjavik to the tranquil landscapes of the countryside, Iceland’s water is a testament to the country’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. 

So, the next time you visit this land of fire and ice, don’t forget to raise a glass to Iceland’s liquid gold and savor the taste of nature’s purest elixir.

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