The Water

Pure Water

Svalbarði is an award winning ultra-low mineral, superior purity, still Arctic iceberg water

Pristine ice, locked up for millennia and fresh as the day it fell as snow, is handpicked during its brief few months of life before it melts away forever in Arctic waters. Melted and bottled, it becomes Svalbarði.

Harvested, melted, and bottled in the Arctic outpost of Longyearbyen, Svalbarði iceberg water is an exclusive fine water. With no nitrates or pollutants the ultra low-minerality makes for a light mouthfeel, with a slight bite and sweetness. Svalbarði is an experience for the palate, much like a fine wine. With a unique terroir, our pure water is also the perfect accompaniment to pair with delicate dishes, chocolates or beverages to enhance flavours.

Iceberg waters are some of the rarest in the world due to the difficulty of gathering this arctic water. Svalbarði is the world's northernmost bottled water and is recognised by the Fine Water Society as the world's best tasting super low mineral water.

Svalbarði’s Source

Melted icebergs - calved freshly from the fjords around Svalbard, just 1,000 kilometres from the North Pole - provide the source for Svalbarði’s pure water.

Svalbard's glaciers release approximately 5 billion cubic metres of icebergs into the sea every year. We head out for anywhere from 3 to 7 days to find the perfect ice. The icebergs need to be from the most protected inner part of the glacier. The presence of ancient air bubbles, which make a crackling sound as they melt, is a key sign that the right pre-industrial era iceberg has been found. The source ice can be up to 4,000 years old and requires no chemical treatment.

The iceberg must then be carefully lifted out of the arctic water. This is hazardous work. Rough seas can threaten to crash tonnes of ice against the Ulla Rinman, our gathering vessel. Calving glaciers can shoot pieces of ice hundreds of metres. Ensuring maximum safety means sometimes the search must move on to find a safe location with the right type of ice.