Kópasker

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Kópasker
Village
Kópasker (1).jpg
Location of the Municipality of Norðurþing
Location of the Municipality of Norðurþing
Kópasker is located in Iceland
Kópasker
Kópasker
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 66°18′N 16°27′W / 66.300°N 16.450°W / 66.300; -16.450Coordinates: 66°18′N 16°27′W / 66.300°N 16.450°W / 66.300; -16.450
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Northeast Constituency
Region[2] Northeastern Region
Municipality Norðurþing
Population (2011)
 • Total 121
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Post Code 670, 671
Church of Kópasker

Kópasker is a small village with approximately 120 inhabitants[3] in the municipality of Norðurþing, situated on the eastern shore of Öxarfjörður in northeast Iceland.

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The first residential house in Kópasker, Bakki, was built in 1912 by Árni Ingimundarson. Bakki burned down in 1988.[3] Kópasker grew around the operation of the Co-op, providing services to local agriculture and fisheries. Meat-processing is the biggest industry in Kópasker, represented by the slaughterhouse and lamb-processing factory, Fjallalamb. The District Museum is located at the church site Snartarstaðir by Kópasker. In the village there is also an exhibition at the Kópasker Earthquake Center describing the big earthquake of 1976 that measured 6.3 on the Richter scale and destroyed several houses and other structures in the area.

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ a b "Kópasker". nordurthing.is. Retrieved 12 June 2011.