Is water safe to drink in Iceland?

Yes, the water is safe to drink in Iceland. Unless marked otherwise, tap water is considered safe, and because of where it comes from, you know you're getting it in its purest form.

Nearly all of Iceland's tap water is sourced from groundwater – stored deep in wells under the earth's surface. Icelandic water is free of chlorine, calcium and nitrates, and undergoes strict monitoring, clearing it of microorganisms and other pollutants.

If you are dispensing hot water from the tap, you may notice a faint sulphur smell as most hot water in Iceland is heated geothermally. To avoid this, it is best to boil cold water from the tap if you wish to make a hot drink.

For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Bring a reusable bottle or canteen (we recommend at least a 1.5-litre capacity) that can be refilled as needed.

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