Kópavogur town near Reykjavík

  •  The Kópavogur Church is a well-known landmark in Iceland
    The Kópavogur Church is a well-known landmark in Iceland
  • I”t is nice to live in Kópavogur,” is a famous saying in often quoted by the former mayor of Kópavogur
    I”t is nice to live in Kópavogur,” is a famous saying in often quoted by the former mayor of Kópavogur
  • Kópavogur has a lot of industrial and commercial activity
    Kópavogur has a lot of industrial and commercial activity
  • Some of the new houses built by the shore are quite impressive and nice
    Some of the new houses built by the shore are quite impressive and nice
  • Smárinn is a large mall with two brand-new office towers
    Smárinn is a large mall with two brand-new office towers
  • Some of the houses on the hill by Smárinn have a spectacular view
    Some of the houses on the hill by Smárinn have a spectacular view
  • New houses and new neighborhoods continue to rise as the town is rapidly growing
    New houses and new neighborhoods continue to rise as the town is rapidly growing
  • Some of the new houses in Kópavogur are quite spectacular
    Some of the new houses in Kópavogur are quite spectacular
  • A beautiful new neighborhood by the lake Elliðavatn
    A beautiful new neighborhood by the lake Elliðavatn
  • A beautiful neighborhood by the lake Elliðavatn
    A beautiful neighborhood by the lake Elliðavatn
  •  Smárinn and nearby streets, a fairly large and important commercial area in the larger capital area
    Smárinn and nearby streets, a fairly large and important commercial area in the larger capital area
  • New houses near the new mall Smárinn
    New houses near the new mall Smárinn
  • Salurinn and Gerðasafn are both important in the cultural life of the larger capital-area
    Salurinn and Gerðasafn are both important in the cultural life of the larger capital-area
  • Beautiful single family homes by the shore in Kópavogu
    Beautiful single family homes by the shore in Kópavogu

Kópavogur is the largest town in Iceland and comes second in size only to the capital Reykjavik. Inhabitants / population are 34.140 in 2016 according to 2016 official numbers. In recent decades, Kópavogur has developed from a small village in the fifties to a large municipality today.  If you are planing to drive the Reykjanes Peninsula it might be a good idea to find accommodation in Kópavogur.  Like all the towns and villages around Reykjavik in the capital region, it has gained an advantage from its neighbor.  In the last two to three decades, Kópavogur launched some serious land development projects that were mostly commercial and residential. Some would say that Kópavogur took an important initiative at that time in developing the land while Reykjavík was sleeping. 

Home of the largest mall in Iceland

The result was a rapid growth, and impressively Kópavougur managed to build a new and significant commercial center in Smári for the whole Capital Region.  The highest building in Iceland is at Smárinn, built during that development period.  One of the two large shopping malls in Iceland is also at Smárinn. Kópavogur Municipality offers the usual service to its residents.  The municipality has good schools, good welfare services, good daycare centers, good sports teams and overall good service for young and old residents.  Famous in Iceland is a quote from a recent mayor of Kópavogur, Gunnar Birgisson, who often referred to his town by saying: It is good to live in Kópavogur.

Kópavogur is a town of culture serving the whole capital area

Kópavogur has two culturally significant centers, one for music, and one for the fine arts, Salurinn, and Gerðarsafn, named after one Iceland’s most prominent glass artists and sculpture Gerður Helgadóttir.  Both centers play an important role in the cultural live in the capital region. The Natural history museum opened in Kópavogur in 2002 and consists of two departments, geological and zoological.  The geological department dedicated to the formation of Iceland, and the zoological department devoted to mammals, birds and fish in Iceland.

A place that has a major role in Iceland history

Although Kópavogur doesn’t have much of a role in Iceland's early history, one important event occurred in Kópavogur in 1662 when Iceland was forced to accept absolute monarchy from Denmark.  This event took place after Denmark had almost lost a war with Sweden.  One of the consequences was a serious social unrest in the kingdom of Denmark that ended by strengthening the monarch’s absolute power.   At a meeting set in Kópavogur, a representative of the Danish king forced Icelanders to sign the agreement.
Like Garðabær, Kópavogur shares a large outdoor area, Heiðmörk with Reykjavík. Heiðmörk is only a few kilometers from the town center and easily accessible, both for residents and visitors.

Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin Kópavogur

Below is the location of Kópavogur on the map of Iceland

Tours and things to do in Reykjavík Iceland

Find an interesting tour in Reykjavík. A tour in Reykjavík or a day-tour to nearby natural wonders, a scenic drive or an adventure tour if you are ready for action.

Aurora Borealis in Iceland

Pursuing the Northern Lights around Reykjavík in a small group

Iceland is a perfect place to see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis.  If conditions are right, the Northern Lights can be seen in all regions.  Reykjavík and nearby countryside is an excellent place to search for and see the Northern Lights. Come with us as we search for the best place to experience this unique phenomenon.

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2 Day South Coast Tour - Blue Ice cave - Jökulsárlón - and more

Blue Ice cave - Waterfalls - Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon - Black Sands at Reynisfjara 

Join this tour along Iceland’s south coast to discover the unique landscape, natural blue Ice cave, glacier tongues, icebergs, lava fields, volcanos, black beaches, mighty rivers, and magic waterfalls.

Global Warming and Climate change adventure tour in Iceland

With a combination of travel and lectures, Geocamp Iceland and Hit Iceland offer a unique opportunity to get a view of and understand how climate change is affecting our planet in the form of a tour.  The trip takes you through exotic locations of volcanoes, glaciers, ice tongues, canyons, craters, lagoons, deep highland, small fishing towns, and other relevant and interesting places.  Our approach for this tour is based on geology, environmental science, and changes in nature.  We will also visit fishing villages to highlight how changes in the environment and natural resources affect various communities and their economy.

Northern Lights tour in Reykjavik

Iceland is one of the best places on the planet to see the Northern Lights.  This tour will take you to see this spectacular phenomenon near Reykjavík. We bring you away from the city lights to a place where the likelihood of a spotting Aurora Borealis increases even further. The destination varies, of course, depending on cloud cover, clear skies, aurora strength and likelihood of a sighting.  Visitors should be aware that although the tour endeavors to show the northern lights to as many of our guests as possible, seeing them is not guaranteed.  In winter weather always plays a large part in Iceland.

Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon

Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting?  This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders.  And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn. 

Þórsmörk tour

Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland.  It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides.  It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum

Snæfellsnes Peninsula day tour from Reykjavík

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the Regions in Iceland that offers an impressive scenic drive, many exciting attractions and natural wonders.  At the end is the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over the landscape and dominating the view with its mystical power. A power sensed by many locals and visitors alike and inspired literary giants like Jules Verne and our Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxnes. 
3 persons minimum 

Landmannalaugar

Explore one of the most exciting places in the Icelandic highland in a super jeep day tour from Reykjavík.  Experience the magnificent colors of rhyolite mountains,  visit a beautiful waterfall, meet Hekla the active volcano and take a dip in the most famous geothermal pool in Iceland.   

Geysir hot spring in Haukadalur

This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water.  This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.