You may have heard of hygge, the Danish/Norwegian concept of creating coziness and comfort. Now there's a new word from Norway: friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv) which means "open air living." It describes the value of spending time outdoors for mental and physical well-being.
This brings to mind another Norwegian expression: "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing." Despite cold winters, residents of Norway just add extra layers and enjoy the outdoors all year round. Interestingly, if you compare the average temperatures of Lewiston, NY and Oslo, Norway, you'll see that we're not that different.
Now that spring has sprung, it's even easier to enjoy the outdoors. And for extra encouragement, NU Library is having a Friluftsliving Photo Contest. The contest is open to all current NU students of all skill levels and ages, and runs through May 5, 2021. We are seeking digital photographs of your enjoyment of nature, as well as those that highlight the beauty and diversity of wildlife, plant life, and landscapes.
Not sure what to photograph? Think about different ways you might enjoy the outdoors. Consider animals, plants, or landscapes. Then check our photo contest page for details on how to submit your photos. Our judges will select the best photos and you could win one of three Amazon gift cards.