Velkomin – Välkommen – Tervetuloa – Velkommen – Welcome to the Nordic Outdoor Therapy Network

This network was founded in 2015 as a forum for inspiration, discussion, learning, and sharing of ideas for everyone who work with, study, or are otherwise interested in Outdoor Therapy in its broadest sense.

In 2017 the initiative was made to bring representatives from each member country together and to establish a Nordic Outdoor Therapy Committee. The first meeting took place in Turku, Finland in October 2017. We are eager to explore and conceptualize a Nordic approach to Outdoor Therapy, and to promote the use of nature and the outdoors for therapeutic purposes in our part of the world.

The Nordic region consists of Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The combined area of the Nordic countries and autonomous regions is almost 3.5 million square kilometers, and if we were one nation it would make us the 7th largest country in the world.  The 26 million people living here share similar culture and way of life.

Here in the north, our traditional and simple friluftsliv – life in the open air – still thrives alongside more fast paced and technical activities in nature. Even though the global urbanization tendencies affect our countries, some form of wilderness is seldom far away and many of us remain avid outdoor enthusiasts.

Allemansrätten is unique to the Nordic countries. This is a law founded on respect between people and nature, allowing us to spend time in the vast mountains, forests, lakes and sea with countless islands.  We are inspired to develop therapeutic modalities where we honor the mutuality between what nature offers, and what we can give back. We “come home” in nature, we belong together.

On this website you will find presentations of several members of the network, including the Committee representatives. A list of Nordic publications will be frequently updated. Nordic outdoor education is an allied field that is already well established and highly reputed, however the main focus on this website is Outdoor Therapy.

We recommend that you check out – and join – our Facebook group; Nordic Outdoor Therapy Network.

Please feel free to connect and get in touch with us!

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News

  • Nordic Outdoor Therapy meeting in Finland

    If we are to believe Martin Ringer, a well-known professional within Adventure Therapy, what happened these days in October is nothing less than history being made. Whether all the participants themselves would describe it like that, is hard to say, but there is no doubt that great things were being discussed.Read More »