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Conservation authority’s decision ends gourmet restaurant Koks’ plans for Fossdalsgjógv

Fossdalsgjógv on the west coast of Streymoy. Image credits: Bui Tyril.

News broke yesterday that Michelin-starred restaurant Koks, after years of waiting for a building permit, will not be allowed to proceed with its plan to build new premises next to the gorge Fossdalsgjógv on the west coast of Streymoy. 

In early 2020, the Faroese gourmet restaurant announced its plans to relocate to Fossdalsgjógv, however Wednesday, according to news site Dimmalætting, the Yvirfriðingarnevndin — the supreme environmental conservation authority in the Faroes — gave its final ruling, turning down the application to have a restaurant built there.

The location is set between the villages Velbastaður and Syðradalur on the west coast of Streymoy, about 20 minutes by car from Tórshavn.

“Today Yvirfriðinarnevndin has ruled that Tórshavn Municipality will not be allowed to alter its development plan for Fossdalsgjógv north of Velbastað,” Dimmalætting wrote on August 24th. “This means that the controversial issue between Koks and … [a] farmer of Velbastað has been concluded with the implication that Koks will not be located at Fossdalsgjógv.” 

“At the same time,” the news site added, “Yvirfriðingarnevndin today also ruled that the query from [the farmer concerned] on whether Fossdalsgjógv will be declared a protected area, that such status will not be granted. This means the farmer can continue his business as normal.”

Earlier this year, Koks temporary moved its business out of the country, to Ilimanaq in Greenland, after having resided near Leynavatn for three years, awaiting building permit for the planned Fossdalsgjógv relocation, with the owners expressing their hope to return to Faroe by the summer of 2024.

Koks remains the Faroe Islands’ only Michelin-starred restaurant. 

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