It began as snow, falling from an ice age sky onto what is now the Greenland ice cap. There it remained preserved, untouched and pristine throughout the millennia.
Located 190 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the west coast of Greenland, the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier has been a protected site on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 2004. This glacier produces more ice than any other glacier on the northern hemisphere, filling the Ilulissat Ice fjord with icebergs that are the source of Iluliaq.
The ice is harvested by Kalaaleq people in the ice fjord for Iluliaq Original Iceberg Water, the same way it’s been harvested for centuries. Kalaaleq people know the three different type of ice: the blue ice, transparent and hard, comes from melted snow that froze again; the Basal ice, tainted with mud and rocks comes from ice that rubbed on the basalt rocks; and the Glacial ice, pure and white, untouched, is the source of Iluliaq water, saved just before it will melt in the ocean and become salt water.
Then the ice is brought to the bottling facility, right in Ilulissat. It’s melted naturally, slowly, because energy is rare and precious in Greenland. To insure the unique quality of the water, elegant glass bottles and stoppers are sterilized by autoclave and individually filled and sealed, on demand, for each customer.
Iluliaq only produce water on demand and don’t stock any bottle to make sure that the freshest water is sent to our customers. Each bottle is dated and the name of the customer is written on the label. The production of Iluliaq Iceberg Water is very limited because it’s totally hand made, it’s not an industrial water.
As a distinct net import country, Greenland imports more goods than it exports, usually via water. Iluliaq avoids unnecessary carbon emissions by taking advantage of free capacity on ships returning to the mainland.