Lapland enjoys wonderfully low crime rates.
One of the main hazards is driving – especially in winter, when you must use snow tyres, preferably with studs. Engine heaters are also recommended. Black ice is a particular danger when the temperature is just below freezing.
Look out for wildlife – collisions with deer are common, and accidents caused by moose can result in serious injury, and even death.
Snowmobiles may only be driven by those aged 15 and over - research which activities are suitable if you're coming to Lapland with kids.
Very low alcohol limits are permitted for drivers across Lapland – just 50mg per 100ml. Attitudes to drunkenness in are also very different to the UK. You can be arrested for being drunk in public and any drink driving is likely to be punished severely.
Take note of the local emergency number: 112
Always check weather forecasts and information on other local conditions (e.g. crevasses on glaciers) before setting out cross-country – hikers and skiers have died after ignoring advice in popular hiking areas. Conditions can become treacherous almost any time of the year apart from July and August. And even then, be aware of the risk of avalanches, particularly in higher areas.
For further information on health and safety in Lapland, please visit the FCO