Health know-how and cold protection include themes such as accessibility, people in cold climate, mental security in extraordinary circumstances, and accident prevention.

In the tourism sector, the Health and cold protection research theme is an essential part of personal safety and well-being. This is emphasized in all activity in Lapland, regardless of whether it involves tourists, the sector’s employees, or people living in the tourism area.

The Lapland Hospital District has gathered a large volume of data on tourism and leisure-time accidents. The University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre is studying thermal regulation responses and safety in winter tourism services. In addition, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has examined snowmobile users’ reactions to the cold, clothing and equipment needs in abnormal circumstances, and geographical positioning applications that makes use of wearable technology. Kemi-Tornionlaakso Education Consortium Lappia is one of the actors in the project coordinated by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences School of Health Care and Sports has investigated issues related to accessibility in tourism.

Companies such as Heat-It which operate in the sector are also playing a major role in the research


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Photo: A drill in Salla in 2012. © Vesa Koivumaa

Lapland University Consortium publications:
Thermal Responses to cold exposure during outdoor activities and safety of the touristic services (Arctic Centre).

Kurtti, J.-M. 2007.
Accessibility of outdoor activity and tourism services. Requirements set by users (in Finnish). Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences. D series no 2

Lapland University Consortium theses:
Takala, M. - Vierelä, T. 2011. Promoting the health of Pyhätunturi’s ski slope employees (in Finnish). Master’s thesis. Degree Program in Health Promotion. Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences.

Kangasmäki, K. - Rautiola, P. 2010.
Safely in cold climate: Hypothermia first aid guide (in Finnish). Bachelor’s thesis. Nursing and Health Care Program. Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences.

Other publications:
Jussila, K. Protection and Safety of Travellers and Tourism Workers. Presentation at the Risks, Danger and Safety - Spring Symposium on Tourism Safety and Security at the Multidimensional Tourism Institute in Rovaniemi 18.4.2012.

Other material:
Pääkkölä, S.
Cold Winter Experiences.

Rissanen, S.
Fluid Infusion and Oxygen Administration in Cold Conditions. Presentation at the Risks, Danger and Safety - Spring Symposium on Tourism Safety and Security at the Multidimensional Tourism Institute in Rovaniemi 18.4.2012.

National and international networks and projects:
Success through quality in dogsled companies project (in Finnish) (special theme: cold protection)

Rovaniemi
University of Applied Sciences Human and cold network project.

Additional information:
Susanna Pääkkölä, Arctic Centre,
susanna.paakkola@ulapland.fi, tel. +358 40 484 4297