Hygge in Summer

Imagine a beautiful Danish summer day, similar to our own, with beautiful blue skies and light breezes coupled with bracing, blustery showers and drizzle. We may have similar weather, but we have different approaches to how we spend our precious summer time. The biggest difference is that the Danes truly embrace the concept of hygge in the summer.


People often associate hygge with cozying up in the depths of winter but hygge is actually ‘the pursuit of everyday happiness’ – and that means summer just as much as winter. Instead of cozy jumpers and candles, summer hygge means enjoying the great outdoors. From paddling in the sea to laid-back picnics with friends or toasting marshmallows on a campfire; this is the time for making memories and enjoying the warmth of the season.

The beauty of summer hygge is that all the best activities can be enjoyed for free – a fun day at the seaside; a glass of wine in the garden; reading a book in the sunshine. It’s all about taking the time to engage your senses and appreciate the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the long, lazy days and balmy nights.

Hygge can happen at any time, so sit back, relax, and let the summer hygge wash over you. Try out these summertime hygge tips:

10 Ways to Practice Hygge During Summer

  1. Go camping or glamping

Set up a tent in your back yard or visit one of our many provincial or national parks. With private and public campgrounds aplenty, there are countless opportunities to be at one with nature and enjoy the summer weather. Looking for a list of fabulous glamping sites here in Nova Scotia? Check out our blog post.

  1. Summer bonfire

When I think of hygge in the summer, the image that comes to mind is sitting on a log on the beach, surrounded by family and friends, with a raging bonfire. There’s a gentle breeze in the air, we’re cooking marshmallows, and just having a good chat.

Nothing feels more relaxing to me than that image.</