Trail running, adventure and music festival in the Faroe Islands 4-8 Sept 2019

Click here to see what went on at the 2018 festival


Where is the festival held?

Útilív Adventure Festival is in the capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn.

When does the festival start and finish

Útilív Adventure Festival starts on Wednesday 4th September, and runs until late at night on Sunday 8th September 2019.

What date are the Mountain Races?

The races taking place on Saturday 7th September 

What airport can I fly into?

Vágar Airport is the only airport in the Faroe Islands. Faroese national airline Atlantic Airways fly’s direct to Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Reykjavík-City, Aalborg, Barcelona, Chambéry, Chania, Gran Canaria, Lisbon & Palma de Mallorca. You can also fly with SAS direct from Copenhagen. If you are travelling from the UK, you should either fly from London to Vágar Airport via Copenhagen or from Edinburgh direct. Coach transfers are available on our booking page.

Can I get the ferry to the Faroe Islands?

Smyril Line operates an all year cruise and car ferry service by the big car ferry, Norrøna, with regular sailings to the Faroe Islands from Denmark (Hirtshals) and Seyðisfjörður on the east coast of Iceland into Torshavn.

Can I hire a car?

Yes! We would recommend hiring a car to explore the islands. Have a look at our partner Visit Faroe Islands page for hiring a car.

How can I get to Torshavn and to/from the airport?

It's a 40 minutes drive from the Airport to Tórshavn. There are several bus-routes to and from the Airport and taxies can be prebooked and hired.

Taxi & Airport Shuttle

Airport Shuttle Price Guide (Prices are all one way)

Single seat DKK 200

Rent the cab (Max 4 persons) DKK 650

Rent a big taxi (Not much space for baggage, max 6 pers) DKK 900

Rent a mini-bus (Max 8 pers) DKK 1200

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Public Bus Connection

Click here for information about public bus connections to and from the Airport. 

What's the weather like in the Faroe Islands in September?

The average maximum day time temperature in Faroe Islands in September is a cool 11°C (52°F). The average night-time temperature is usually a cold 7°C (45°F). Sunrise is at 06:34 and sunset is at 20:17. The islands are generally windy, cloudy and cool throughout the year. Variations in altitude,ocean currents, topography and wind mean the climate differs greatly, even though distances between locations is small. This makes for unpredictable and highly changeable weather. You can literally experience all four seasons in one day! The climate, classed as Maritime Subarctic according to the Köppen climate classification, is influenced by the strong warming influence of the Atlantic Ocean, which produces the North Atlantic Current.
I can’t make the entire weekend - can I come just for the race?

Race tickets give access to the entire weekend but you’re welcome to come and leave whenever works for you.

Where can I stay?

There are a number of different hotels & guesthouses in and around Torshavn. You can view all our accommodation extras here.

Does the Faroe Islands have Airbnb?

Yes the Faroe Islands have many great options on Airbnb.

Can I book flights with Útilív Adventure Festival?

No – flights must be booked separately.

Can I work at Útilív Adventure Festival?

If you are interested in volunteering or working at the festival, please email as at - we’d love to hear from you!



When do the races take place?

The trail running races take place on Saturday 7th September 2018.

Are the races capped in numbers?

Due to the fragile nature of the Faroe Islands, and in order to respect the environment, as well as the farmers land, the festival will be capped at 500 runners across the 4 races. If you are looking for a race atmosphere of thousands of athletes – this event is not for you.

Do I need experience to enter the races?

It is imperative that you have some mountain running experience and are correctly equipped to race in the mountains. The trails are technical, with steep ascents and descents and will involve some light scrambling and exposed mountain ridges. If you are unsure of your experience or have any questions about your ability please email

Some areas of the route feature sections of light scrambling which involves loose scree and sections with very rough terrain,  often needing 3 points of contact in the case of loose rock. Therefore these events are NOT for the feint hearted. Please be aware that some sections of the route traverse high and remote mountainous terrain and sometimes in very variable weather, so we ask that competitors feel at ease with these conditions in order to complete the course. 

The routes cross large expanses of uneven, boggy, and rough terrain that do not follow paths or trails which you may be used to running in the UK, Alps, or at other trail running events.

What is the mandatory kit list? 

The weather in the Faroe Islands can change dramatically so please take into account the prevailing conditions and dress accordingly. Participants should be sufficient in the event of injury, and in the event you should need to walk to the nearest check point or start/finish locations. The race crew will reserve the right to ask for additional warm clothing to be worn or carried if the weather conditions demand so. In the communication leading up to race day, and the safety briefings on the day, you will be notified of any additional requirements. Due to the nature of the terrain, participants will need to carry their own food and drink for long sections of the course. It is within the participants interest and safety to arrive prepared. If you have any questions please contact

Mandatory Kit List

Must be worn:

  • Short or long sleeve base layer top (NO COTTON)

  • Shorts or tights

  • Mountain/ Trail running shoes – must have suitable tread

Must be worn or carried:

  • Waterproof jacket with taped seams

  • Waterproof trousers with taped seams*

  • Spare Long Sleeved Base Layer Top (NO COTTON)*

  • Hat or buff

  • Gloves

  • Head Torch*

  • Survival Bag/Foil Blanket

  • Whistle

  • GPS device (Smartphone will suffice) and/or Map & Compass.

  • First aid kit with a minimum of - wound bandage, 4 x adhesive plasters, 4 x safety pins and any personal medication you require.

  • A water reservoir with a minimum capacity of 1 litre

  • A reusable cup/mug (if you do not want coke/coffee/juice in your reservoirs). There will be no plastic cups at the check point*

  • Nutrition/Food

  • Suitable race Vest, Race Pack/ Backpack

Is there a bag drop?

There will be a baggage drop available for warm clothes at the finish line of the race. More details will be announced in 2019.

There is no half way bag drop or bag drops along the route available. 

Are the routes marked? 

All courses are route marked with event flags. You will not need to navigate and must follow the route marking flags at all times. 
GPX files will be available to download, but competitors are asked to use the flag markings in first instance. Please appreciate that there are always differences between gpx files depending on what software you are using and data may show up differently on different devices. For safety reasons, competitors should always follow the route markings as these are more accurate. 

Are the races supported with check points? 

All routes will have a number of check points offering food and hydration, these will be manned by marshals. Given the remote section of the routes, runners must aim to be self-sufficient between check points. There are fresh mountain streams to fill up with water throughout the course. Runners must be self sufficient in nutrition, hydration, clothing and equipment. 

Are there cut off times? 

Each check-point has a cut off time based on the necessity to have all runners safely off the high mountain sections of the route, and finished by the course closure time. Cut off times will be available early 2019.

Can I retire from the race? 

Once committed to the higher remote sections of the route it is often impossible to retreat. Any competitor retiring from the race must let the event team know by speaking to the nearest marshal, or phoning the event crew number which will be provided at registration. Any competitor wishing to retire from the race is likely to face a long walk back into the valley. 

Can I change my race distance?

Distances can be changed up until the deadline of 7th June 2019. This is subject to the number of entries per distance. If a race distance is full, you will be added to a waiting list and notified if a place becomes available. Please email using the subject RACE DISTANCE CHANGE and include your full name, email, and the distance you’d like to change to. You will be added to the waiting list and notified if a place becomes available.

Can I watch the race?

You are welcome to watch the race from the start and finish locations. You are also welcome to explore the route, but please follow the hiking guidelines of the islands which can be found at



When do the adventure activities take place?

The adventure activities will be taking place on Sunday 8th September 2018. More details of timings will be available early 2019.

Adventure activities on the Sunday must be bought separately. The prices depend on activity, but is likely to be in the region of £60-80. More details will be release 2019.

Are they safe/insured?

The adventures are run by professional instructors who have their own insurance. The activities are safe if participants listen to the rules and guidelines explained by the instructors prior to each activity. Participants should have their own relevant travel insurance which covers adventure activities.


What's included?

Included in your festival ticket is:

Race Entry with timed results, and a fully marked and supported course with checkpoints and

  • Access to Saturday Night After Party, and Sunday Night Closing Party

  • One Night of Inspiring Talks and Adventure Films

  • Day time films on Sunday afternoon 

  • Access to Hot Tubs on Thursday, and at the Finish Line

  • All Workshops, Talks, and Skill Sessions offered by our Sponsors (First Come First Served)

  • Finish Line Medal and Meal

  • Race Transport from Torshavn to Start Line

    *Adventure Activities are not included and must be bought as an add on