In the mid-2010s, Americans were first introduced to the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-guh), which roughly translates to a quality of coziness and contentment. Hygge helps Danes weather their long, dark winters—it’s a state of cozy happiness that can be cultivated by lighting candles, sipping hot drinks, and gathering with friends to share a warm meal.
While there’s always room to invite more hygge into your life, there’s a new term making its way across the Atlantic from our Northern European neighbors: friluftsliv. Pronounced free-loofts-liv, the Nordic expression means “open-air living” and it’s something Norwegians take seriously. Friluftsliv is a commitment to celebrating and embracing life outdoors, no matter the weather. (The popular Nordic phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” could be the unofficial slogan of friluftsliv.)
The enthusiasm for spending time outdoors, which dates back centuries, is deeply engrained in Scandinavian culture. Norway, in particular, boasts a small population relative to its country’s geographical size, meaning there is plenty of open-air space to get away from crowds.
Below, we’ve highlighted five of our favorite homes in the Inspirato Collection for embracing friluftsliv and getting fresh air.