Travel to Norway and Sweden to examine unique sociological, cultural, and geographical factors that play a role in Scandinavians valuing and adopting a physically active lifestyle throughout their lifespan. Scandinavians rank among the healthiest people in the world for a variety of reasons. Geographic location, surplus of omega-three rich ocean salmon, the treasuring of long sunny summer days, and the love of the out-of-doors that draw Norwegians and Swedes to the mountains to hike, ski or relax at the hytte (cabin) all play a part in contributing to their good health. Experience the importance physical activity plays in everyday life as you walk and ski in cities and towns designed to encourage people to be active every day. Learn about Scandinavian well-being, a holistic concept that embraces many aspects of a person’s lifespan such as enjoying exercising out-of-doors, living green, consuming a nutritional diet, and making time for stress reduction as we travel from Oslo, Norway to Idre, Sweden with stays in Lillehammer, Geilo, Voss, and Bergen.
Since this course will occur during the winter months, the critical role the history of skiing played in Norway first as a mode of transportation and now as a recreational activity will be studied. We will also trace the emigration of Scandinavians to the Upper Midwest and consider the unique culture and lifestyle that they brought to America along with their love of skiing. Students who participate in this course will also identify aspects of Scandinavian well-being that persist today in the Upper Midwest.
Here are some pictures from the trip.
Here is just a glimpse of the beautiful winter scenery in Norway.