Helsinki Airport is a pleasure for travelers. It is not too big, so it is straightforward to transfer to your connecting flight.


Sitting area of the Finnair lounge

Sitting area of the Finnair lounge

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 11 p.m. for around €48.

A swan shape lamp

A Swan shape lamp

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.

A sleeping pod in the Finnair lounge

A sleeping pod

The Finnair lounge has clean bathrooms and shower rooms.

Spacious bathrooms in the Finnair lounge

Spacious clean bathrooms

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.

A coffee corner in the Finnair lounge

A coffee corner

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.

A small area is available for kids. There are several TV screens, some of which show items available for purchase from the airport shops. There are a number of newspapers and magazines (primarily in Finnish) on shelves in the lounge. Electronic flight and boarding flight information is displayed. From time to time there are announcements of departing flights, however, in my experience it’s best to rely on the information on the electronic board.

The lounge became quite busy around 3-5 p.m., probably, due to many Asian flights arriving and departing at that time. Many Chinese and Japanese travelers entered the lounge at this time. This may explain why it is not possible to buy an entrance to the lounge during those hours. All the chairs and sofas were occupied.
My tip: during busy hours, use the Finnair lounge only if you have free entry.