Can you friluftsliv?

winter snow walking

icy branch

Ever been to Norway in the winter?

It is bone-chilling cold and dark...and everyone is outside, even when temperatures are below zero.

Norwegians call that optimistic outlook friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv), and it’s all about enjoying nature and the outdoors, no matter the weather. Just look at the stunning feed to see how this positive winter mindset plays out. 

#friluftsliv Instagram

Friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv), is all about enjoying nature and the outdoors, no matter the weather.


We think it’s time to be like the Norwegians.

Make being outside a part of your daily routine. Drink your morning coffee outside. Spend time every day in a nearby park or your garden or  porch. Breathe in the crisp air and reshape the way you think of winter.


The Chicago Botanic Garden is your friluftsliv playground.

Take an “awe” walk and be inspired by the hearty and beautiful conifers.

Japanese Garden

Train your camera
on the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden the structural shapes really shine in the winter sun and snow.

winter berries

We have tips for winter photographers.

Or grab a hot drink at the Garden View Café, pick up a bingo sheet at the Information Desk in the Visitor Center, and embark on a winter scavenger hunt. Go at your own pace. We guarantee you will feel relaxed and refreshed.

Prairie snow

The display gardens
are quiet now, but here’s what you can’t see underground: perennials are in a state called quiescence, resting and ready for spring, and there are critters at work in the prairie.


So, bundle up, get outside, and practice friluftsliv. Nature is here for us, 24/7.