When it comes to corners of the globe that are frequently described as ‘must visit’ Scandinavia is often criminally overlooked. The spectacular Northern Lights and exhilarating huskie-sled rides are just two of the many attractions on offer in this sensational area.
What’s more, it’s generally very safe and the chances of suffering a holiday accident are slim. That is, of course, providing you are sufficiently sensible and safe and take the necessary precautions.
What is a travel accident claim in Scandinavia likely to arise from?
1. Weather: When Denmark, Norway, Sweden etc get cold, they get very, very cold. Frostbite is a very real threat, particularly on snow treks and many, many people have suffered serious travel injuries purely because of the freezing temperatures.
2. Environment. Snowy slopes make for hazardous conditions. Whether you are skiing, snowboarding, sledding or simply trekking, the threat of a holiday injury looms large. The roads can also be turned into slushy tracks fraught with danger.
3. Animals. Whilst sled-dogs are extremely well trained, they need strict discipline and expert handling. On the other hand, wild elks are best left undisturbed.
What can I do to avoid suffering an accident on holiday in Scandinavia?
Fortunately, there are many steps you can take and tips to follow to ensure your trip to Scandinavia is as safe as possible.
– Bring appropriate clothing: During winter months, you need to wrap up warm to avoid frostbite, particularly for adventures in the snow. This is undoubtedly an area where it is not wise to try and scrimp and save. The better quality your gear, the less likely you are to get frostbite or other serious injuries while traveling.
– Learn the language: While a great many people throughout the Scandinavian countries speak perfectly good English, it is always wise to know a few important words and phrases yourself. No-one is expecting you to be fluent, but a grasp of the basic essentials can prove to be invaluable.
– Be aware: As with any holiday, a moment of carelessness can have disastrous consequences so keep your wits about you, particularly in crowded areas and on public transport.
Claims for frostbite or other injuries
If the worst does happen and you find yourself suffering injuries while travelling, then some travel accident compensation may well be due.
A quick call to the friendly experts at Accident Advice Helpline can establish the strength of your case and help you gain the recompense you deserve.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown