Kópasker Edge of the Arctic

Kópasker is a friendly village on the eastern shore of Öxarfjörður bay. A legal trading post was established here in 1880, and a village started slowly forming early in the 20th century. Its name derives from the skerry on which the breakwater was built and means seal pup skerry.

The local economy is mostly services to the surrounding agricultural region and tourism, but Kópasker´s largest employer is Fjallalamb meat processing plant. The village´s fishing industry consists of a few small boats.

Services in Kópasker include a grocery store with a restaurant, a state liquor store, car repair, a health clinic, a pharmacy, a bank, a gym, self-service gas station, guest houses, and a camping ground.

Among things to see and do around Kópasker are visits to the Snartarstaðir heritage museum with its unique collection of handicrafts and the Kópasker Earthquake Center which features information on an earthquake which struck the village in 1976 causing considerable damage. There are also some interesting walking trails around the village and very rich birdlife.

Each year, Kópasker celebrates the summer solstice with an extended weekend of various activities and happenings. This year’s celebration is June each year and visitors are welcomed.

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Kópasker
GPS Points N66° 18' 5.531" W16° 26' 36.185"
Postal codes

670,671

Population

130

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Öxarfjörður Library
Libraries & Archives
  • Akurgerði 4
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 461-2171
Brunná
Angling
  • Hvirfilvellir
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 860-4919
Gljúfri Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Ekrugata 6
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 465-2145, 892-2145

Others

Vesturdalur Camping Ground - Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður
Camping
  • Vesturdalur Jökulsárgljúfrum
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 470-7100
Keldunes
Guesthouses
  • Keldunes II
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 465-2275, 847-1593
Kópasker Camping Ground
Camping
  • Austurtröð 4
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 864-2157
Árdalur
Guesthouses
  • Árdalur
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 659-2282, 465-2282

Others

Skerjakolla
Shopping
  • Bakkagata 10
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 465-1150
Árdalur
Guesthouses
  • Árdalur
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 659-2282, 465-2282
Lón 2
Farm food direct
  • Lón 2
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 866-1511
Ásbyrgi veitingar og verslun
Cafés
  • Kelduhverfi
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 465-2260
Nature
Jokulsargljufur

This dramatic canyon, Jökulsárgljúfur, was formed by the actions of water, fire and ice. Enormous, catastrophic glacial bursts are believed to have carved out the deep ravines and rocky basins, the most famous of which is Ásbyrgi.
The Hljóðaklettar outcrops are the cores of ancient volcanoes, revealed when the river swept away all the loose volcanic material.
The waterfalls on the River Jökulsá á Fjöllum, Selfoss, Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss and Réttarfoss are powerful and impressive.
The Hólmatungur district is an area of contrasts: crystal clear streams and bubbling brooks cross the land before emptying into the raging, chocolate-coloured torrent. A delicate balance of flora and fauna thrives under the protection of cliffs and scree slopes.

Nature
Melrakkasletta peninsula

The "Sléttan", as the Melrakkaslétta is often called, is the
peninsula reaching from Kópasker in the west to Raufarhöfn in
the east. The coastline is indented with creeks and lagoons
and has grassy heathlands and dozens of lakes teeming with
fish. This area offers shelter and is a temporary stopping
place for thousands and thousands of birds that come here for
the summer or rest here for their further flights to the north
or to the south. Seals can also be seen resting on skerries
and whales are spotted off the coast as well as foxes and mink
on the heaths close to rivers and lakes.

The richly varied vegetation has few parallels. No one place attracts the traveller more than some other place. Nature in its entirety
does. A veritable mecca for lowers of nature. This is infact
one of the best places in Iceland to see the midnight sun and
from late August to April the famous northern lights.

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Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

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Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri