Why the area around Kopavogur church in Iceland is completely untouched
Planning commissions the world over waste few opportunities to made their mark on every little dot of space in cities and towns. Therefore, it might surprise attentive visitors that quite a huge area around the small but picturesque Kopavogur church in the administrative center of that Iceland town is absolutely untouched.
For the uninitiated it can be quite tricky to figure out what is Reykjavik city and what is not. For the capital of Iceland is partly hemmed in by the next largest town of Iceland, the town of Kopavogur. The town is mostly uninteresting for any visitor and in fact, uninteresting for locals too, although its fine white church is splendid in all regards. This church stands high and can be seen quite clearly from many locations in Reykjavik.
Oftentimes the church is open and quite alright to take a peek inside this lovely thing. Another bonus is the fact that this place gives quite nice views over parts of Reykjavik.
But the neatest part without any doubt is why all around the church the landscape has not been touched or moved ever. This place is the home of elves. Legend has it one will be met with a horrible fate should one move a rock here or ruin a plant. Legends also speak of the need for silence lest the Hidden peoples get angry. But the last one really holds little water since a busy and noisy roadway lies right smack next to what is supposedly the HQ of local elves.
Now consider why a lutheran church is standing in the middle of what is in reality a pagan belief of elves and hidden peoples. Go figure.
Well, best not to disturb and find out the hard way the truth about elves. Although that would make quite a story back home….