FRILUFTSLIV (free-loofts-leev ):Friluftsliv means spending time outside and experiencing nature first-hand. People who spend time in our mountains, fjords and forests develop a greater understanding of interactions between species and the ecological balance, and are offered the possibility of recreation, rejuvenation and the benefits of increased physical activity and reduced stress levels through a connection with nature and quality time with friends and loved ones. Friluftsliv is a big part of Norwegians' upbringing and every-day life; it's what they seek on their days off, weekends and vacations. There is a rumor that Norwegians are born with skis on their feet...
The word Friluftsliv was first introduced in print by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in 1859. Marking the 150th anniversary of the word in print, Norway is offering Americans a “Passport to Friluftsliv”!
Allemannsretten “the right to access” plays an important role in how Friluftsliv has evolved in Norway. Allemannsretten “ directly translated “all man’s right” gives everyone in Norway a wide-ranging right of access to the countryside, originally a traditional right but since 1957 set out in the legislation through the Outdoor Recreation act.
Surrounded by the magnificent nature of the Norwegian mountains, fjords and forests, the spellbinding natural phenomenon of the midnight sun and the Aurora Borealis (the Northern lights), it is no wonder that Norwegians have always been mesmerized by and drawn to nature.
On this website you will find further information about Friluftsliv and by following the links you will find several suggestions as to how you can experience the Norwegian Friluftsliv first hand. You can start off having a look at our tour suggestions.
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Friluftsliv, directly translated as “open air living”, is the Norwegian way of outdoor recreation and an important part of the Norwegian cultural legacy.
Passport to Friluftsliv
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