'Friluftsliv' is an ancient Nordic philosophy of outdoor life. It is an engrained philosophy in Norway and Sweden but relatively unknown to the rest of the world. This philosophy embodies the idea that returning to nature, is returning home.
By living in a world of vast urbanisation, straight lines and electric lighting, we create a dis-harmony (or more correctly, discord) between natures rhythms and our own natural rhythms. We evolved in a world of 'fractal' structures: waves, mountains, fire, alongside seasonal rhythms, daily rhythms and different kinds of biological rhythms. These structures and rhythms are engrained in us as we have evolved.
Now we live in a technologically advanced society, we don't rely on these natural rhythms any more, or not nearly to the extent we did. So we are causing a disharmony with these rhythms which leads to stress, fatigue and low self-esteem.
Friluftsliv is about returning to nature and those rhythms and synchronising your body clock back to natures. We have a limbic system that takes in the senses and where we also have our memory. By opening these senses to nature, Dr Hans Gelter describes it as becoming "inter-connected" with nature.
Friluftsliv does not mean abandoning modern day life and technology, it is simply embodied by spending more time in nature. Learning to fish, going for walks and climbing trees are all paths to nature, but "genuine" Friluftsliv is just about being present in nature and becoming part of it.
This documentary explores the philosophy through Husky Musher Stian, who invites travellers to share his cabin in the northern reaches of Norway. He has 40 huskies and teaches the travellers the art of dog-sledding. Through this, he introduces the Friluftsliv way of life.
The travellers get teams of huskies who they are with for the week. They each build a relationship with their huskies and become part of the pack. By being in a pack, this brings the traveller closer nature, and closer Friluftsliv.
Friluftsliv is literally translated as 'Free Air Life'.
About Charlotte Workman:
Shot as part of a first-class journalism degree in Edinburgh Napier University, this is Charlotte's first documentary out of hopefully many as she embarks on a career in film-making and documentaries. If you would like to contact Charlotte in regards to future work please don't hesitate to do so. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mostly shot on a GoPro3 Black edition with additional shots on a Canon DSLR.