Lonely Planet Writer

Race to a Michelin-starred restaurant in the Faroe Islands

If you don’t want to choose between missing a workout and indulging in some fine dining on your next trip, then consider a marathon in the Faroe Islands that will have you running straight towards a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Trail run through the Faroe Islands. Image by Útilív Adventure Festival

The Faroe Islands, located in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Denmark, are hosting their first-ever mountain-based trail marathon and ultra-marathon as part of the Útilív Adventure Festival, which runs from 7 to 9 September.

Sample the delicacies at a KOKS. Image by KOKS

There are roughly 250 participants from around the world heading to the islands to run along the epic and rugged terrain. But while destination marathons are increasing in popularity around the world, there are many people who would rather spend their holidays sampling the local cuisine. Luckily, there’s an interesting twist on this race, as two kilometres in, runners will stop at a unique checkpoint: the Michelin-starred restaurant KOKS. There, they will be served food and refreshments, which organisers say make it the first trail race in the world to have a Michelin-starred checkpoint.

But there’s more to the festival than just one race – participants will take part in a weekend of trail running, water sports and hikes, along with inspiring talks and film screenings. Anyone who ends up hungry after all that exercise can take a trip back to KOKS, the first restaurant in the Faroe Islands to get a star in the 2017 Nordic Michelin Guide, which it retained this year.

The restaurant uses traditional Faroese cooking techniques as well as using sustainable and local products. Chef Poul Andrias Ziska said in a statement: “at KOKS we are all about doing things in a very Faroese way, from the local produce we use to the traditional methods of cooking, the simple design of the restaurant and the welcoming service. Being part of the festival is exciting for us and we’re thrilled to be able to share Faroese food with even more people from around the world.”