Kópavogur

 is a city in Iceland which is the country's second largest municipality by population.
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 under neath.
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.

Kópavogur is historically significant as the site of the 1662 Kópavogur meeting. 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 the King also applied to Iceland.

Kópavogur is also one of Iceland's most prominent sites for Icelandic urban legends about the huldufólk (the elves).

 

 

Gerdarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum

Gerðarsafn is a progressive museum with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, located in the heart of Kopavogur. Gerðarsafn offers temporary exhibitions with works by Icelandic and international contemporary artists as well as displaying the museum collection. The exhibition program echoes the museum‘s status as the only Icelandic museum built in honour of a female artist, Gerður Helgadóttir.

Address:
Hamraborg 4, 200 Kópavogur
Opening Times: 
Monday Closed
Tuesday - Sunday 11-17