Lonely Planet Writer

10 images that perfectly capture the spirit of hygge

Hygge has made a name for itself as one of Denmark’s greatest exports in the last couple of years and certainly the concept of making time for cosy intimacy in the long days of winter is very appealing, as well as having significant mental health benefits. If you can’t make it to Denmark to experience the experts firsthand, here are some photos that will have you feeling cosy in no time, no matter where you are.

These traditional Icelandic sweaters are perfect for warming up on winter evenings. Photo by DeRepente/Getty Images
These traditional Icelandic sweaters are perfect for warming up on winter evenings. Photo by DeRepente/Getty Images
Shirakawago Village in Japan. Photo by Prasit Chansarekorn
Shirakawago Village in Japan. Photo by Prasit Chansarekorn
Friends toast at a Christmas market in Serbia. Photo by fotostorm
Friends toast at a Christmas market in Serbia. Photo by fotostorm
There is nothing cosier than hot chocoalte. Photo by istetiana
There is nothing cosier than hot chocoalte. Photo by istetiana
Family having a healthy meal, in victorian style greenhouse
Family having a healthy meal, in victorian style greenhouse
Cosiness and the great outdoors? Canada's Yellow Knife has it right. Photo by Phung Chung Chyang/Shutterstock
Cosiness and the great outdoors? Canada's Yellow Knife has it right. Photo by Phung Chung Chyang/Shutterstock
Instant cosiness. Photo by lucop
Instant cosiness. Photo by lucop
It's very hygge to relax in cosy clothes with a hot chocolate:  Image: Johner Images/Getty Images
It's very hygge to relax in cosy clothes with a hot chocolate: Image: Johner Images/Getty Images
The Black Lion pub in Appledore, Kent. Photo by 	VisitBritain/David Sellman
The Black Lion pub in Appledore, Kent. Photo by VisitBritain/David Sellman
Hygge is all about the simple treats...perfect excuse to tuck in. Photo by Lauri Patterson
Hygge is all about the simple treats...perfect excuse to tuck in. Photo by Lauri Patterson