Around Iceland 2015: Kópavogur

Photo RAX/Ragnar Axelsson

Iceland’s national newspaper Morgunblaðið has begun its six-week 2015 tour of Iceland!

The paper’s journalists and photographers will be bringing us news and images of everyday life, culture, business, nature, education, services and more from the four corners of the land. First destination: Kópavogur.

Kópavogur

Kópavogur, literally meaning ‘seal pup bay’ in Icelandic, is the country’s second largest municipality by population (33,000). It is part of the Greater Reykjavik area.

Kópavogur is located just to the south of capital Reykjavik.

Kópavogur is located just to the south of capital Reykjavik. Photo: Google Maps

The picture below shows Alfhóll, one of the area’s most famous elf dwellings. One story from 1973 tells of workmen laying heating pipes in the vicinity. A cement-mixer vehicle was mysteriously lifted into the air and turned on its side - elves!

Álfhóll.

Álfhóll. Photo: Eggert Jóhannesson

Below are two students at Kópavogur’s Sigurður Hákonarson Dance School, one of Iceland’s oldest, largest and most respected dance schools. It offers courses in ballroom dancing and dancing for children at all levels.

The Sigurður Hákonarson Dance School.

The Sigurður Hákonarson Dance School. Photo: Eggert Jóhannesson

Guðmundarlundur park is seven hectares of woodland featuring various plants, walking paths and even barbecuing facilities. Many Icelanders and tourists alike come to enjoy the park, described as “one of Greater Reykjavik’s finest natural sites”.

Guðmundarlundur.

Guðmundarlundur. Photo: Eggert Jóhannesson

The Kópavogur Theatre Company was founded in 1957. The Company runs groups for both adults and young people and is currently working on a production on Polish dramatist Sławomir Mrożek’s At Sea.

The Kópavogur Theatre Company.

The Kópavogur Theatre Company. Photo: Leikfélag Kópavogs

A new club building is currently being built in Kópavogur by the Kópavogur and Garðabær Golf Club. The 1,400 m2 building will provide ideal practising and club-member facilities. With some 1,900 members, the Club is currently full.

The new golf club under construction.

The new golf club under construction. Photo: Árni Sæberg

Check out Iceland Monitor for Morgunblaðið’s next destination in Around Iceland 2015: Garðabær.

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