Kópavogur

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Introduction

Kópavogur is a city in Southwest Iceland

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Sights and Activities

Kópavogur is one of the youngest towns in Iceland so there is not much there of historical significance. It was a suburb of Reykjavík with the first houses built during World War II. Explosive growth in business and housing building doubled the town in size since 1990, giving it large shopping centers and an office/commercial building that is the tallest building in Iceland. The things to see are primarily in the older part of the town, particularly the Kársnes peninsula with trees in the gardens and treelined streets and the picturesque church on top of the Borgarholt.

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Getting There

Kópavogur is a part of Reykjavík metropolitan area, located south of Reykjavík. They share municipal borders, so its not hard to get there.

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Getting Around

Kópavogur is central in the capital area and there are roads, bus routes and pedestrian and bicycle paths that link Kópavogur with the rest of the Reykjavík area.

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Eat

American Style, Nýbýlavegur 22, ☏ +354 554 6085. American foods and burgers.
Domino´s Pizza, Nýbýlavegur 14, ☏ +354 58 12345. Sun-Thur 11AM-midnight, Fri-Sat 11AM-3AM.
KFC, Bæjarlind 18, ☏ +354 554 4700, fax: +354 515 0926, ✉ kfc@kfc.is. Open everyday 11AM-10PM.
Nings restaurant, Hlíðasmára 12, ☏ +354 588 9899, ✉ nings@nings.is. Open everyday 11:30AM-10PM. Asian cuisine.
Nítjánda, Smáratorgi (on the second floor in Turninum), ☏ +354 575 7500, fax: +354 575 7517, ✉ pantanir@veisluturninn.is.

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Drink

Spot, Bæjarlind 6, ☏ +354 544 4040, ✉ spot@pot.is. Open daily from 6PM.

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Sleep

Lily Guesthouse, ☏ +354-555-2345. Nybylavegur 30, The guesthouse is clean and comfortable, with free internet, and breakfast if desired. The building has an elevator which is accessible for wheelchairs. Lily is in walking distance from Perlan from were you can see panorama view over Reykjavik. Also in walking distanceis Nautholsvik beach. Pizza and fast food restaurants are in nearby buildings.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most of Iceland is well connected. Most homes have ADSL connections which work well most of the time. There is however a firewall which can cause connections problems especially at busy times. Most hotels, guesthouses, hostels, cafés etc. have a working Wi-Fi network. Generally it's free of charge, but sometimes there might be a small fee or limited amount of time. There are a couple of public computers at the University of Iceland and the National Library that you can use for free and without the need to log in.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code is 354. National numbers in Iceland are seven digits long and generally written in the form xxx xxxx or xxx-xxxx.
There are no area codes in this closed numbering plan and the international call prefix is 00. Numbers of mobile phones tend to begin with either 6xx xxxx, 7xx xxxx or 8xx xxxx, while land line numbers start with 5xx xxxx (in Reykjavík) or 4xx xxxx (the country side). The Icelandic emergency number is 112 for all services.

Internally, phone calls in Iceland are very reasonable priced and most providers offer friends and family discounts or free calls/messaging to same network phones. International calling cards are available in most convenience stores which can significantly reduce the cost of international calls.

There are three main companies who supply personal internet connections: siminn Vodafone and Talk. It is very important to get full details of the charges and excess charges as it is very easy to run up a huge bill without being aware of it, especially on a mobile connection. You can buy a local SIM card, if you have an unlocked mobile phone. The major internet companies can supply 3G mobile internet on a monthly basis. If you are travelling be sure to check the coverage because the mobile connection is not as wide as the mobile phone connection.

Post

Iceland's Postal Service (tel. 580-1200) is reliable and efficient. General post office hours in Reykjavík are 9:00am to 6:00pm weekdays, but post offices close earlier elsewhere. Mailboxes are bright red and marked Pósturinn. Stamps are sold at many locations, including Nóatún supermarkets; N1, Olís, and Shell gas stations; and some bookstores. Mail typically takes 3 to 5 business days to reach Europe or the United States. If you are importing goods through the post, it takes a while to sort out the customs and tax based on the value of the item, so be sure to have receipts readily available. For sending packages you can also use international courier companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx or DHL, since they are fast, reliable and generally competitively priced as well.

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