It has been a busy month so excuse the late post, but you know..sometimes life happens and everything does not go to plan. I can’t believe it is already mid-May, and tomorrow (17th of May) is the Norwegian national day which is always a fun celebration. We basically have a day off and eat a lot of ice cream while parading around in our colourful national costumes. This year, however, I am not at home so it will be a normal day, although I am planning on eating ice cream.

But now, let’s focus on the month that has past and all the lovely images posted in the #thatscandinavianfeeling feed on Instagram. I am still so excited every time you use the hashtag, and even more so now that I can say we have reached over 3000 entries!! It is so lovely to see so many of you sharing how you find that Scandinavian feeling in your daily life, no matter where you are in the world. For me, the feeling comes through so many aspects of my life here in Italy. A lot of the time I find it when I am close to nature, either by hiking in the mountains, visiting the many beautiful lakes or simply taking a walk in the park with my dog. Sometimes I almost forget where I and it is like I am back home in Scandinavia when I am out in nature. I also find it in my own home or by walking around the town I live in and popping into cute, little coffee places for some hygge. I was recently interviewed by my local newspaper about this, so check out this post to read the translated version of the article in English.

Every month I feature four moments shared in the feed by you, and below you can find this month’s selection. These monthly little catch-ups are a great way to get to know each other and to discover new accounts, so make sure you click through to see more of their beautiful feeds and give them a follow.

1 // @norsk_trevirke
“To me, that Scandinavian feeling means Nordic light, purity, cosiness, simplicity, and being closely related to nature and people. I feel that the nature experiences have grown stronger with age. Norway and Scandinavia have a lot of great nature to offer. Nordic and Scandinavian design is inspired by nature, and we as humans must take care of it!”

2 // @whatkatydid_xoxo
“A conscious appreciation of the blissful simplicity and the captivating calmness of your surroundings.”

3 // @mamawombat
“Although I live in Spain, on the North of the country border with France in Basque Country coast surrounded by sea and mountains where weather is rough and colder than the rest of the country, I’ve always been attached to the Nordic way of feeling the cozyness. Enjoying the hygge of finding calmness in nature, appreciating the light entering the window, those moments of appreciating the very little simple things. It’s more than a feeling. It’s a kind of soul. A lifestyle! And I apply it to all aspects of my life. I own a family concept store with my family called @caborojoconcept and @littlecaborojo where you can find this feeling too.”

4 // @frau.wohnsache
“For me that Scandinavian feeling relating to my image means to recognize, feel and to respect the atmosphere of a room or space and add some details which support this kind of atmosphere.”

I hope you join in and share your moments too by adding the hasthag to your own images. How do you find a Scandinavian feeling and how do you create a cozy environment at home? And if you haven’t already, make sure you head over to the #thatscandinavianfeeling gallery page and have a browse of all the featured entries by clicking on the hashtag below:

Psst: did you know that you can now follow hashtags on Instagram? Just click on the hashtag and push the “follow” button at the top of the page to never miss any of the posts – voilà.

Ingrid Opstad

That Scandinavian feeling is a blog by Ingrid Opstad, a Norwegian journalist living in Italy. Ingrid wants her blog to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic simplistic, minimalistic style. The blog is intended to share her knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to hygge. A place where you can get inspired to find that Scandinavian feeling yourself, no matter where in the world you are.