City of Kopavogur
Mayor of Kopavogur
Kópavogur (pop. 31,000) is the second-largest community in Iceland after Reykjavík. An independent township, it lies in the geographical centre of the Greater Reykjavík Area, only ten minutes drive from downtown Reykjavík.
Kópavogur hosts the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition, a prestigious international event held every three years. IFE is held in the combined conference/exhibition/sports centre Fifan on the city's south side, a popular venue for large-scale trade fairs. In the same area of Kópavogur a massive shopping area has been developed around Smaralind, the largest shopping mall in Iceland, measuring 70.000 m².
The modern dome of Kópavogur Church - the city's emblem - dominates the skyline to the south of Reykjavík. Also on the site is the complex forming Kópavogur Cultural Centre. It houses Kópavogur Concert Hall and Natural Science Centre of Kópavogur. On the same hilltop are Kópavogur Art Museum (Gerðarsafn) an elegant, spacious museum. In the Art Museum the Icelandic Fisheries Awards ceremony is held in connection with the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition.