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Kópasker

Kopasker is a fishing village on the eastern shore of Oxarfjordur fjord. The main economy is based on services to the farms in the area as well as fisheries. In Kopasker, the local museum at Snartarstadir is worth visiting, as well as the Earthquake Center, describing the big Earthquake of 1976.

In Kopasker there is a shop, garage, health care centre, bank, campsite and guesthouses. North of Kopasker is the peninsula Melrakkasletta, with its abundant birdlife, and also the northernmost point of mainland Iceland, Hraunhafnartangi.

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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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Others

The Earth Quake Center
Exhibitions
  • Akurgerði
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 465-2105
Öxarfjörður Library
Libraries & Archives
  • Akurgerði 4
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 461-2171
Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre, Ásbyrgi
Camping
  • Gljúfrastofa - Ásbyrgi National Park
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 470-7100
Gljúfri Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Ekrugata 6
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 465-2145, 892-2145
Brunná
Angling
  • Hvirfilvellir
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 860-4919

Others

Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre, Ásbyrgi
Camping
  • Gljúfrastofa - Ásbyrgi National Park
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 470-7100
Árdalur
Guesthouses
  • Árdalur
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 659-2282, 465-2282
River Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Skúlagarður
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 821-1388, 847-5513
Víðihóll
Apartments
  • Klifagata 8
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 869-8166, 465-2106
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

Others

Skerjakolla
Shopping
  • Bakkagata 10
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 465-1150
Ásbyrgi veitingar og verslun
Cafés
  • Kelduhverfi
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 465-2260
Lón 2
Farm food direct
  • Lón 2
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 866-1511
Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre, Ásbyrgi
Camping
  • Gljúfrastofa - Ásbyrgi National Park
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 470-7100
Árdalur
Guesthouses
  • Árdalur
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 659-2282, 465-2282
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.

History and Culture
The Earthquake Center in Kópasker

The Earthquake Center at Kópasker is an interesting exhibition of photographs and other material connected to the seismic activity in Öxarfjörður in 1975, the Kópasker earthquake on 13 January 1976 and the volcanic eruptions at Krafla 1975-1984.

The exhibition is to be found in the Kópaskeri school building and is open daily from 1 June-31 August from 13:00-17:00. Admission free.

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.

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

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.

Explore map with pictures

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