On Christmas morning are you going to wake up Morgenfrisk and be Hygee with the family? Or perhaps too much Glogg has left you Bastiv, longing for something other than Gluggavedurâ€¦..
No these arenâ€™t the crazy new terms from the kids of today; these are words with fantastic meanings used to describe feelings and experiences that are, well, difficult to put in to words! In fact, the Swedes, Danes and Norwegians have words to describe almost anything!
This year, weâ€™ve paid homage to M.V.Harmonyâ€™s Nordic roots and dedicated our festive parties to the warming, feel-good traditions and delicious food enjoyed at this magical time of year in Scandinavia. So, to get you in the mood, hereâ€™s our pick of some great words that our neighbours from across the North Sea use every dayâ€¦..
Hygee, pronounced hue-gah, is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in the ordinary, everyday things in life. Appreciating a moment, letting it lingerâ€¦ sharing it with others. This could be the simple act of decorating a Christmas tree, lighting a candle or sipping a delicious cup of â€œGloggâ€.
Glogg comes from an old word meaning burning ember and is a popular hot drink traditionally drunk during winter, for Halloween or Christmas. Itâ€™s made from mulling spices including cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg together with red wine, brandy, rum or whateverâ€™s in your drinks cupboard! We should also mention that non-alcoholic alternatives are available.
Morgenfrisk means feeling fresh and rested upon waking up in the morning. Probably not used by parents whose kids wake up at 3am on Christmas morning!
Bastiv is quite the opposite. Meaning waking up drunk from the night before, Bastiv is a feeling many might experience during the festive period â€“ perhaps not just the festive periodâ€¦
Gluggavedur literally means â€œwindow weatherâ€ â€“ so like many Scandi places, most of their scenery is best enjoyed indoors.
Mangata is a Swedish word meaning â€œmoon roadâ€ and describes the trail of light left by the moonâ€™s reflection on the sea.
Lagom is the Swedeâ€™s way of describing moderation, perfect balance, not too little and not too much. The balance of lifeâ€¦
Arbejdsglaede is a Danish word describing a workplace that is a great source of joy and happiness. Itâ€™s certainly how the team at Bateaux London feel!
And finally, our favourite wordâ€¦
Forelsket - Norwayâ€™s word for describing that unmatched giddy feeling when you start falling in love with someone. Aww!
So now youâ€™re clued up on Scandinavian way of life, doesnâ€™t the winter feel sweeter already?
Weâ€™ve embraced the colder days and know that whether we wake up Bastiv or Morgenfrisk, spend the day indoors because it is Gluggavedur or enjoy a winter escapade in the city for a Lagom evening, Christmas is going to be Hygee. And when the night comes early and the moon rises, youâ€™ll find us sipping on Glogg, admiring the Mangata on the river Thames.
Have you booked your Christmas party yet? Check out our festive cruises.