Nudism and Clothing-Optional Beaches in Scandinavia

If you're interested, there are several great destinations for you.

Winter/ice swimming in the glacier pond in the glacier cave underneath the Nigardsbreen, Jostedalsbreen Simone Stibbe swimming in glacial cave lake.
Guttorm Flatabø/dittaeva/ Creative Commons License

Nudism in Scandinavia is nothing unusual - after all, Scandinavia is the most open-minded region in the world. It's perfectly legal in Scandinavia for nudists to swim naked, or to sunbathe either topless or completely in the nude.

What is Nudism?

Nudism is the practice of going without clothing in mixed groups and for purposes of good health or personal comfort. Governed by a strict set of rules, nudism itself is purposely non-erotic and non-sexual.

It is said that nudism aids both exercise and relaxation while promoting stress relief, a positive body image and increased self-esteem. Research indicates that children who have seen their parents nude do not grow up emotionally scarred but instead are much more likely to be accepting of their own nude bodies, and more comfortable with their own sexuality.

Nudism in Scandinavia

Scandinavian travelers interested in nudism can find beaches quickly on the maps of nude beaches sorted by country.

In Denmark, nudism is allowed on 4,500 kilometers of coastline and there are 4 "free beaches" dedicated to naturists only. Norway has over 20 clothes-free beaches, and Sweden offers about 60 CO beaches for nudists! Signs are often used to inform beach visitors about nude-only or CO (clothes optional) beaches. It's nice that those areas are freely available or marked, depending on where you go - instead of outright forbidden like in some other regions.

Where can you find a good spot for nudism at your Scandinavian destination? More about nudism locations in each Scandinavian country:

Note that, while nudism in Scandinavia is acceptable practically anywhere, sexually offending indecent behavior or overt advances toward others are not and you can be fined if your actions towards others are found offensive, whether you're a nudist or not.

If you prefer to visit a beach area where clothing is required or recommended, there are numerous great sandy family beaches in Scandinavia.