The Art of Life: Connecting to Nature with Friluftsliv

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

– Rachel Carson

Do you love nature? Are you passionate about going out in nature? I think many of us feel desperate to step out of home when we work for long or spend the whole day inside our homes.

When we feel we can’t breathe more inside these claustrophobic places, be it at home or our workplace, the only place we want to go is to open air.

And that’s what the word Friluftsliv means. If you want to live your life in the Friluftsliv way, then you need to go to open-air and live the outdoor life to its fullest.

Connecting to Nature with Friluftsliv

In the Scandinavian culture, Friluftsliv is a beautiful way to enjoy open-air-living. It’s a part of their lives so that they can see the greenery, the water, the forests, and flowers, and the sky and everything in nature. And this way, they enjoy being in the open air between their daily life routine.

Nature helps to heal your mind. Therefore, being in nature helps to strengthen your mental and physical abilities in the manifold.

After all, who can ignore the magical effect of going out, breathing in the open air and soothing your eyes with the lavish greenery?

And here lies the magic of celebrating in being in nature.

Scandinavians have a strong passion for nature and this cuts to the heart of the art that is called Friluftsliv. This expression was very popular in the 1850s.

Norwegian poet and playwright, Henrik Ibsen used this special term to bring out the value of spending time in nature. Especially when the person visits a remote place, far from the urban noise and the hustles of city life, he can explore the place being in the open air.

Along with this, they can uplift their moods with the soothing sound of nature. This helps in getting a better result to maintain their spiritual and physical wellbeing.

Friluftsliv: Open-air Living

Friluftsliv can be practised with simple activities to enjoy nature in your small breaks. If you are at your workplace, you can take a small break at lunchtime and go outdoors. Whether be it walking on the grass or running in the forest, or watching the river water just by sitting beside the river.

Many times people enjoy being with friends and having an adventure in nature with the purpose of celebrating Friluftsliv. Sometimes, they can go to a mountain hut and simply spend time being there, watching the snowfall and enjoying the chilling wind.

This way, the people can get a chance to go out of their workplaces and engage themselves in different outdoor activities as per their own choices.

Oh, I remember, it’s already 5 PM and I am feeling dead tired while working on my blog series. Let me have a small break from work and go for a walk instead.

I am going to enjoy Friluftsliv and have a deeper connection with nature.

See you tomorrow, with a new art of life!

( I am participating in the #BlogchatterA2Z. You can head over to Blogchatter to know more about this exciting blogging challenge and join the camaraderie! )

14 responses to “The Art of Life: Connecting to Nature with Friluftsliv”

  1. First Lagom. Snd now Friluftsliv. I’m enjoying these new additions to my vocabulary.
    Friluftsliv is almost like ‘forest bathing’, isn’t it?
    Connecting with nature is pretty much the need of the hour, with us cooped up for mist of these last two years.

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    • Yes absolutely, when it becomes extreme to live inside the room, all we need is to go outside and breathe. I like to be in nature and lost in my thoughts. Forest Bathing is something different, I will be revealing that too in my series. Wait until S comes. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by dear. I just started reading yours.


    • Yes Sonia, and also being in nature gives us a chance to connect with the inner self in a mindful way. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. Coincidently, around January this year, I read an article in the local newspaper about ‘Frilufsliv’ and got my inspiration from it to beat the cold-weather blues of Lyon in the Norwegian way! And it did help me a lot to accept the cold winter and appreciate its beauty of it. It helped me understand that by being close to nature, one is happier and more adaptable.

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    • That’s so nice to know Anagha! I am so happy to know your experience about it. Indeed a blissful one. Thanks for stopping by😊


  3. I have always loved being in the outdoors. Dubai weather is usually hot, but there are some months when is the weather is just beautiful. then you will always find me on my balcony. Now, thanks to you I know why that happens

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    • Same here Harshita. In my previous hometown there were ample of trees and greenery all over. But here all we have is heat, heat and heat. I don’t like Summer here bcz these days are too bad for us. But I love my evening walk in Summer, and the early morning breeze. Thanks for stopping by.

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