DO YOU PRACTICE "FRILUFTSLIV"?
It is well known that the Scandinavian countries are at the forefront of the best education and social achievements. Not surprisingly, Norwegians have been considered the happiest citizens in the world, according to the United Nations classification for 2017. But in addition they also stand out for their respect and close relationship with Nature, a natural environment not always friendly, but to which are closely linked for centuries with the settlement of its first explorers.
Perhaps because of all this, in Norway they created the term FRILUFTSLIV, a mysterious word, difficult to pronounce, but with an inspiring meaning.
The literal translation of FRILUFTSLIV is "outdoor life", but it does not have a simple translation into any language, because it expresses several things: the advantages of connecting with nature, outdoor living, enjoying simple things in life... Norwegians use it to describe a way of life oriented to explore and appreciate nature, a concept transmitted to children from an early age.
"FRILUFTSLIV has to do with love and respect for nature," says Hans Gelter, a professor at the University of Technology in Sweden. "An attitude that one can not learn from reading or teaching, is something that can only be learned from experience."
Although Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland have stunning nature sceneries and landscapes such as the fjords, glaciers and northern lights, the main concept of FRILUFTSLIV seeks simple outdoor activity, be present in nature and enjoy the connection that the Scandinavians believe that humans have inherently with the land.
In a stressful world where we are permanently connected to technology and social media through electronic devices, FRILUFTSLIV is a natural way for all to return and reconnect with Nature.
This means that you can feel FRILUFTSLIV in many ways and in many places in Madrid: hiking in Fuenfría valley or in La Pedriza, climbing up to Peñalara peak, hike and camp in Guadarrama National Park or walking through a beech forest in autumn. You do not need to bring a full backpack or make too many plans. The point is to seek the connection with nature from simplicity. As long as we are in contact with nature and enjoy the wild landscapes and mountains of Madrid we can experience the FRILUFTSLIV. Just look for an outdoor space and take it easy!
It has been shown in numerous scientific studies that spending time outdoors and hiking brings benefits on a physical and mental level.
There are many reasons why we should all incorporate FRILUFTSLIV into our lives. Feeling the wind, touching the snow, hearing the rain, walking barefoot on a beach or sleeping under the stars are simple experiences that enrich our lives every day, and make us feel our most pure spirit and rewild. Welcome to Nature, Welcome Home!
If you do not know the area or you do not have experience in hiking, hire the services of a certified Mountain guide. You will enjoy the activity safely, without stress and you´ll learn many things from the natural environment during the tour.
By Gabriel Blanco
International Certified Mountain Guide AEGM-UIMLA and Wilderness Guide WGA
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