Helsinki Airport is a pleasure for travelers. It is not too big, so it is straightforward to transfer to your connecting flight.
However, if you stay longer, it’s a good idea to visit a Finnair lounge. The airport has three lounges. This time it was the lounge in the non-Schengen area, near gate 50.
The lounge is open daily from 5.30 a.m. until midnight. You can enter with your business class ticket, Finnair Plus Platinum or Gold Card, or One World Emerald card. Finnair ticket holders can purchase access for three hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m.to 11 p.m. for around €48.
Finnish design is well known, so it is no wonder that the lounge has some examples of designer creations.
Stylish sculptures, like Swan and Double Bubble lamps from the designer, Eero Arnio, create an atmosphere of a cozy home. The lounge is quite spacious and quiet. I think this is due to not only the cool Nordic character, but also high-quality insulation.
If you want to have more privacy, or if you’d prefer to have a nap if you are lucky, you can get into GoSleeping sleeping pod and rest.
The Finnair lounge has clean bathrooms and shower rooms.
Food selection in the Finnair Lounge
The selection of food is somewhat limited. Hot breakfast is served in the morning (from 6 a.m. until 10.30 a.m.), and later, snacks, salads and hot meals. During my stay in the lounge, the selection included six different vegetable salads, salmon in tomato sauce, tortillas with vegetarian filling, and a selection of pastries and fruits.
There is a bar decorated with vines and serves strong alcohol. Soft drinks, water, coffee and tea are also available from machines in the lounge.