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What soft drinks are popular in Iceland?

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Q: What soft drinks are popular in Iceland? Are there Icelandic soft drink brands?

A: You will be able to find most international soft drinks in Iceland, like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull, Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7 Up, Dr Pepper, Burn, and Fanta. Pepsi is one of the most popular drinks, and Icelanders especially like Pepsi Max. Up until 2017, Coca Cola was produced and bottled in Iceland with Icelandic water as main ingredient, but since 2017, it’s imported from Sweden. Other very popular drinks are the energy drinks from NOCCO, sugar-free soft drinks by a Swedish beverage brand.

Iceland produces a couple of its own soft drinks: Malt, Appelsín, Mix, and Orka. Malt is, as the name suggests, a malt-based drink, first bottled in 1913. It has a caramel and liquorice taste and contains an alcohol percentage of 1% ABV, which is not nearly enough to get you tipsy. Appelsín is Iceland’s very own version of Fanta, a sweet orange soda, much loved by locals. It’s drunk mixed with Malt around Christmastime. Another local favourite is Mix, a very sweet carbonated mix of pineapple and orange flavours. Last but not least, there’s Orka, probably one of the unhealthiest soft drinks you can find in Iceland. It’s a mix of ginseng, guarana, caffeine, and sugar, and tastes a bit like Mountain Dew.

If you want to try something a little bit healthier, try flavoured sparkling water from Toppur or Kristall.

 

This article appears in the latest issue of Iceland Review Magazine. Subscribe here to get the magazine delivered to your door.

Iceland Review is the longest running English-language magazine, presenting Iceland’s community, culture, and nature since 1963.

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