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Faroe Islands: the new Nordic food frontier

There’s more to Danish cuisine than Noma. Out in the north Atlantic, Michael Booth finds a new Nordic frontier as Faroe Islands chefs raise traditional foods to new levels of pleasure

The weather looks as changeable as a toddler’s tantrums. Thank god we’re not in a helicopter, I think to myself as the plane banks on its final approach and a cluster of snow-covered island-mountains erupting from the sea loom through the storm clouds.

This Nordic Hawaii is the Faroe Islands. Forget Copenhagen, or even Reykjavik, I’d heard this cluster of 18 rocky islands in the middle of the north Atlantic, inhabited by 50,000 descendants of Norse renegades, is the new frontier in the new Nordic food movement. A place where a tiny band of determined pioneers, led by one visionary chef, is developing a radical, contemporary cuisine from the most meagre culinary heritage.

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UK sledging spots: readers’ travel tips

When the UK gets a powder day, head to the hills. Here are readers’ best places to hurtle downwards on a tray

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The windy chalk hills of Dunstable Downs are great all year round for walks and kite flying. However, its terrifically steep slopes come into their own in the snow. Blow’s Downs is my favourite spot – it’s never too busy and allows you to reach the most amazing speeds on the cheapest bit of plastic. It was the highlight of my winter to look back at the slopes and see which of us had made the longest tracks. wildlifebcn.org/reserves/blows-downs Cand82

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