The Icelandic Glacial brand is owned and operated by Icelandic Water Holdings ehf. based in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The company was established in April, 2004 by a group of private investors and with an experienced management team, they have developed a world-class, NSF-certified bottling plant and a super premium category, multi award-winning product under the Icelandic Glacial brand.
The company has been exporting Icelandic Glacial water to appreciative and discerning customers around the world since 2005.
Icelandic Water Holdings ehf. control the exclusive commercial bottling rights to one of the world’s largest natural springs – the Ölfus Spring, in Thorlakshofn.
The company has offices in Iceland, the United States and the UK.
The Ölfus Spring
The source of Icelandic Glacial water is the legendary Ölfus Spring - a naturally replenished underground source formed over 4,500 years ago and shielded from pollution by an impenetrable barrier of lava rock.
The Ölfus spring is fed from high in the mountains by gradual filter of rainfall, snow and ice melt.
Icelandic Glacial is proud of its green credentials and is clear that the water is in no way connected or fed from actual melted or melting glaciers. The 'Glacial' in the Icelandic Glacial brand name is derived from landscapes and scenery that are automatically conjured when one thinks of Iceland, and is also a reference to the peak design of the Icelandic Glacial bottle, rather than the source of its contents.
The local government is particularly appreciative of the need to protect this valuable resource and has applied a 128,000 acre exclusion zone around the spring. No farming, animals, or buildings are permitted in the surrounding area .
A Self Replenishing Resource
Naturally occurring pure drinking water is a precious commodity in most countries and water bottling companies are sometimes criticised for draining aquifers and groundwater reserves to the detriment of local communities.
Icelandic Glacial is particularly mindful of this fact, and its extraction operations account for a minor percentage of the Ölfus Spring's daily outflow to the ocean, which is more than double the world's bottled water consumption.