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FRILUFTSLIV // A SCANDINAVIAN WAY OF LIFE

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After the rise of the words hygge & lagom, now let’s talk about another Scandinavian way of life: friluftsliv!

Friluftsliv is a Norwegian word describing a popular way of life in Scandinavia, the Nordic philosophy of outdoor life encouraging you to enjoy nature and appreciate the outdoors while being active. A direct translation to English would be ‘fresh-air life’, and I think that one of the reasons why Norway is the happiest country in the world is because we take time to embrace the great outdoors in our daily life.

For me, a balance of hygge & cozy home-life together with an active friluftsliv enjoying nature is key to a happy & healthy life. This is my encouragement; go out and enjoy the fresh air!

Here are a few ways I enjoy friluftsliv:

  • WALK MORE
    I love walking, especially if I need to clear my mind. And a big bonus is
  • WEEKENDS ARE FOR EXPLORING
    To try to be more outside, I try to at least spend one day in the weekend in nature. Whether it is exploring a new city, going for a hike or simply having a walk in the nearby park, these are all actions that will keep me active and happy.
  • FINDING AN OUTDOOR HOBBY
    Currently, I am trying to pick up an outdoor hobby. When I lived in London I used to play tennis with my boyfriend in the park sometimes, something I would love to start up again.
  • GETTING A DOG
    After getting a dog, the cutest little poodle named Bowie, I can see the benefit of having one. When working at home I tend to be sucked into my computer, but now he keeps reminding me of the benefit of a break outside.
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    // Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

    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.

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    5 Comments

    1. Reply

      Luisa - La Mar

      September 14, 2017

      Noe av det beste med den skandinaviske livsstilen!

      • Reply

        Ingrid Opstad

        September 25, 2017

        Er så enig med deg Luisa ;-)

    2. Reply

      Brooke

      September 18, 2017

      I’ve been living friluftsliv and didn’t even know it. This is so neat!

      • Reply

        Ingrid Opstad

        September 25, 2017

        How nice Brooke, thank you so much! And hope you enjoy some more friluftsliv this autumn!

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