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.

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