It’s been a wonderful flight from Singapore on Finnair’s Airbus a350 and now I have a 5 hour stopover at Helsinki’s Vantaa Airport. Hmmm, what shall I do with my time? The lounge of course!
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There are three Finnair lounges at Helsinki Vantaa Airport, two in the in the non Schengen area (one purely reserved for premium passengers) and one in the Schengen Area. As I have arrived from Singapore, I pass through immigration into Europe and I head to the Schengen area Lounge located near gate 22. I’ve flown Economy Class so lounge access is not included but I can pay to get in. I’m quite annoyed though, I’ve tried several times to purchase the lounge pass online for €39, it’s available when you have a booking with the airline, but the page keeps going blank. I ask at the reception and they are unable to help me and I am charged the full rate of €48 for access for 3 hours during non peak periods.
The Schengen area lounge is open from 05:30 to 12 midnight daily. It’s spacious and there are only a few people here at this time of day around 08:00 when I arrive. With seating for 288 guests, it’s the off peak time on a Monday morning and so I almost feel like I have the place to myself.
I love the clean, cool, Nordic feeling, the light coloured timbers interact well with the large windows that overlook the apron. As an AvGeek, I watch the comings and goings of the aircraft intently.
It’s time for some food so I head to the salad bar to start with something fresh. There are several food options both hot and cold.
Swedish meatballs? Baked beans? There is a choice of hot breakfast foods from around the globe. For me though, it feels late in the afternoon, so after some salad and a few meatballs I think it might be ok to have a wee drink.
There is a variety of red and white Argentinian wines, quite a nice drop. There is also bar fridges stocked with beer, juices. There is a post mix soft drink machine and tea and coffee machines.
I grab a couple of delicious biscuits and wash it down with a Trapiche Argentinian Chardonnay.
I feel relaxed, calm and contented by the time I’m ready for my next sector from Helsinki to Copenhagen.
FreakyFlier paid for the lounge entrance independently