THE ÖLFUS SPRING
The source of Icelandic Glacial is Iceland’s legendary Ölfus Spring. Formed over 5,000 years ago, the Ölfus Spring is continuously replenished by a gradual filtration of rainfall and snowmelt over uninhabited and untouched lava fields. One of the world’s largest natural springs, over 900,000 cubic meters of water overflows from the Ölfus Spring into the ocean every day. This is more than twice the amount of all bottled water consumed worldwide.
To protect this valuable natural resource, the local government in Iceland has applied a 128,000-acre exclusion zone around the Ölfus Spring. As a result, no farming, animals, or buildings are permitted within this area.
Naturally occurring pure drinking water is a rare and precious commodity. Taking great care never to damage or deplete the Spring, we source less than 0.1% of the total water that naturally flows to the ground surface to ensure the preservation of the Ölfus Spring.
The water we collect flows directly into our state-of-the-art bottling plant located right at the source, in Hlidarendi, Iceland at the edge of the Ölfus Spring. During this process, we ensure the water is never exposed to outside air. We also take great pride in running a completely sustainable operation, fueled entirely by geothermal and hydroelectric power.
To view a copy of the Source Sustainability certificate:
Zenith International Source Sustainability Report
The filling process takes place in a clean room environment held to laboratory standards. This ensures that Icelandic Glacial water is never exposed to outside air until you remove the cap.
The Icelandic Glacial source and facility are regularly inspected by the Icelandic Public Health Authority, which carries out stringent tests to ensure the plant is operating in full compliance with World Health Organization standards. In addition, internal on-site laboratory tests are conducted on a daily basis.
Icelandic Glacial is an NSF compliant facility where full analysis of the operation is carried out in regular audits. Icelandic Glacial has achieved a perfect 100% score from previous NSF audits, demonstrating the commitment to Total Quality Management.
To view a copy of the NSF Certificate click on the link: NSF Certificate 2011