Friluftsliv: The Scandinavian Philosophy of Outdoor Life

Hans Gelter


This paper explores the roots of the Scandinavian outdoor lifestyle of friluftsliv and its philosophical implication as well as its applications for environmental education. Friluftsliv as a philosophy is deeply rooted in Norway and Sweden but has lately obtained a more a superficial meaning by the commercialization of outdoor activities. The philosophy and biology of friluftsliv is explored showing its importance as a means, in environmental education, to facilitate a true connectedness to the more-than-human world.

Full Text:


section divider image

Canadian Wildlife Federation Logo Nipissing University Logo Trent University Logo Lakehead University Logo

Copyright © Canadian Journal of Environmental Education (CJEE) ISSN 1205-5352