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OUTDOOR LIFE

HYGGE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

When we think of hygge - a Norwegian and Danish mood that focuses on cosiness and contentment - we often imagine an indoor scene, complete with a roaring fire, blankets and an array of warm drinks. It’s less common to associate it with the great outdoors, but in fact there are many ways in which we can practice the concept. After all, one of the best things about hygge is that it’s more of a feeling than any one physical thing.

Read on for our top tips on how to incorporate a little hygge into your next outdoor venture.
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Wrap up warm

Hygge is all about cosiness and what is more cosy than being wrapped up warm? Dig out the toasty layers and find your most tactile fabrics to snuggle into. A soft wool scarf wrapped around your neck and face is a must when the cold weather and icy temperatures sneak in, but it also creates a hygge-like cosiness and sense of pleasure.
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Get outdoors with friends

While traditional images of hygge may involve curling up next to the fireplace with a good book, nature, simple pleasures and good company play an important part in this Scandinavian concept. So, incorporating a little hygge in your next stroll or hike outdoors is totally possible. Make sure to take the time to enjoy the sounds and smells of the outdoors, the company and joy of being around loved ones and the contentment that being in nature brings.
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Take a flask of something hot

Food and drink play a big part in creating a sense of hygge. But rather than thinking there needs to be any grand gestures, it’s all about the small luxuries. A great way to go about this on your next outdoor activity is to fill a flask with something warm: tea, coffee, hot chocolate or warm apple juice are great choices. It’s such a treat, and one of life’s simplest pleasures, when you stop to refuel on a walk, hike or cycle, with something tasty and warming. A slice of cake or some homemade biscuits would be a welcome addition too.
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Light a fire

This obviously comes with the caveat that you should only light fires where it is legal and safe to do so. Fires are very hygge though. It’s the aspects of warmth, security and comfort that flickering flames provide that make us so drawn to a crackling fire. Try toasting marshmallows or heating up a pot and making dinner al fresco if you have access to a fire pit. Always make sure to put the fire out safely and clear up after yourself.
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