Kópavogur (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈkʰouːpaˌvɔːɣʏr̥]) is a town in Iceland that is the country's second largest municipality by population.

Skyline of Kópavogur
Skyline of Kópavogur
Coat of arms of Kópavogur
Location of Kópavogur
Location of Kópavogur
Kópavogur is located in Iceland
Coordinates: Coordinates: 64°06′39″N 21°54′34″W / 64.11083°N 21.90944°W / 64.11083; -21.90944
RegionCapital Region
ConstituencySouthwest Constituency
Market right11 May 1955
 • MayorÁrmann Kristinn Ólafsson (IP)
 • Total80 km2 (30 sq mi)
 • Total37,959
 • Density462.19/km2 (1,197.1/sq mi)
Postal code(s)
Municipal number1000
Websitekopavogur.is (in Icelandic)

It lies immediately south of Reykjavík and is part of the Capital Region. The name literally means seal pup inlet. The town seal contains the profile of the church Kópavogskirkja with a seal pup underneath.

Kópavogur is largely made up of residential areas, but has commercial areas and much industrial activity as well. The tallest building in Iceland, the Smáratorg Tower, is located in central Kópavogur.[2]



Kópavogur is historically significant as the site of the 1662 Kópavogur meeting.[3] This event marked the total incorporation of Iceland into Denmark–Norway when, on behalf of the Icelandic people, Bishop Brynjólfur Sveinsson and Árni Oddsson, a lawyer, signed a document confirming that the introduction of absolute monarchy by Frederick III of Denmark–Norway also applied to Iceland.

Kópavogur is also one of Iceland's most prominent sites for Icelandic urban legends about the huldufólk;[4] it also features in this capacity in the 2010 film Sumarlandið, where the stone Grásteinn is portrayed as an elf-house in the Kópavogur municipality.

An independent township, Kópavogur is adjacent to Reykjavík.


Kópavogur's main sports clubs are Gerpla,[5] Breiðablik UBK and HK. In 2010 Breiðablik clinched their first Icelandic league title in football and in 2012 HK won their first Icelandic league title in team handball. The town is also home to a power lifting gym called Thor's Power Gym whose owner, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, set a World Deadlift Record of 501 kilograms (1,105 lb) on 2 May 2020.[6][7]

Notable peopleEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Kópavogur is twinned with:[8]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Population by municipalities, sex and age 1 January 1998-2020 - Current municipalities". PX-Web. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. ^ DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Iceland: Iceland. Dorling Kindersley Limited. 1 June 2010. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-4053-5665-7.
  3. ^ Lacy, Terry G. (2000). Ring of Seasons: Iceland--Its Culture and History. University of Michigan Press. p. 210. ISBN 0-472-08661-8.
  4. ^ Valdimar Tr. Hafstein, 'The Elves' Point of View: Cultural Identity in Contemporary Icelandic Elf-Tradition', Fabula: Zeitschrift für Erzählsforschung/Journal of Folklore Studies/Revue d'Etudes sur le Conte Populaire, 41 (2000), 87-104 (pp. 91-93).
  5. ^ "Vorönn - upplýsingar" (in Icelandic). Gerpla.is. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  6. ^ Lane, Edward (2019-04-11). "Welcome to Thor's Power Gym, the Lifting Valhalla of the World's Strongest Man Hafþór Björnsson". Men's Health. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  7. ^ "Hafthor Bjornsson: Game of Thrones actor breaks 501kg deadlift record". BBC News. 2020-05-02. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  8. ^ "Vinabæir". kopavogur.is (in Icelandic). Kópavogur. Retrieved 2020-02-12.

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