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Why tens of thousands of Norwegians
sleep outside this weekend

Clean air, the chance to see a falling star – and to experience nature’s own rythm. Saturday, hordes of Norwegians are going to bring their sleeping bags outside.


To sleep in nature is something that many of us Norwegians do as often as we can.

Why? Well, partly because we can. The right of access states that anyone may put up a tent, or sleep under the stars, for the night anywhere in the countryside, forests or mountains. The main reason, however, is that many Norwegians feel the need to disconnect from the urban society once in a while. Instead, we reconnect to nature’s own rhythm.

Saturday night, tens of thousands of Norwegians are going to sleep outside – in tents, shelters or under the open sky. The occasion is #nattinaturen (#nightinnature in English). Lasse Heimdal, secretary general of Norsk friluftsliv, an organization working to promote outdoor pursuits in Norway, explains:

“In Norway, nature is always close. We recommend that people go together with friends or neighbours, and find a place close to home. People can even go camping in the garden or take the pillow and duvet out on the porch. A night in the nature doesn’t have to be an expedition”, he says.

If you’re in Norway during the weekend and want to join us, you are more than welcome. Just remember to check the weather, bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag – and read a few more tips about the right to roam before you go.

One of those going to sleep outside is a guy called Andreas Orset. He is spending a year walking across Norway, as an extreme test of Alfa’s hiking boots. Andreas is going to sleep at beautiful Unstad in Lofoten (follow him on Instagram to see images).

Close to 90.000 people joined #nattinaturen last year. Here are some nice images using this hashtag on Instagram.





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