Far better than the nearby Aspire Lounge, the Finnair Lounge in Helsinki’s Terminal 2 is spacious and comfortable with a decent food and drink selection and other amenities that make it worthy of a visit prior to your flight. This review covers the Finnair Schengen Lounge in Helsinki.
Finnair Schengen Lounge Helsinki Review
Location + Hours
You’ll find the lounge near Gate 22 in Terminal 2. It is open daily from 5:30AM to midnight.
The lounge is open to:
- Finnair or oneworld Business Class customers
- Finnair Plus Platinum Lumo (+ four guests)
- Platinum (+one guest)
- Gold (+one guest)
- oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members (+1 guest)
If you don’t have access, you can purchase a three-hour pass for €48 (children aged 2–12 years are €15) between the “off-peak” hours of 9:00AM – 1:00PM and 6:00PM to 11:00PM. Through August 31st, passes have been discounted to €30 from 7:00AM to 11:00AM and from 3:00PM to 9:00PM.
There is plenty of seating in this lounge and I appreciate that plugs are within reach of most seats, including handy charging portals you can just set your mobile phone on.
There’s perhaps more tables present than are warranted (especially in the post-pandemic world), but the lounge keeps stretching back and there are plenty of couches and seats divided into smaller sections.
At the very back of the lounge are a couple of massaging easy chairs. The lounge seats 320 passengers.
Food + Drink
Finnair promises “fresh Nordic ingredients and well-rounded flavors”. Meal choices include a breakfast buffet from 5:30AM to 10:30AM followed by a selection of salads, hot meals, soup, snacks and desserts for the rest of the day.
There’s also a wide selection of hot and cold beverages including several types of beer and wine. Coffee is, sadly, only dispensed by machine.
Restrooms + Showers
Shower suites (“cabinets”) are available as are gender-segregated restrooms.
One annoyance and frankly one that was not limited to this lounge. Why does Finland embrace these horrific reusable towels in public restrooms? I get that they are good for the environment, but who wants to wipe their hands on something dozens of others have? I doubt these will survive the pandemic.
If you don’t wish to lug your bag around the lounge, lockers are available near the center of the lounge.
Magazines are still a thing? Apparently so.
The lounges uses the airport’s wi-fi network, which performed reasonably well (though I did not conduct any benchmark tests).
This is a very nice Schengen Lounge with a nice selection of food and drink and plenty of room to spread out. If you find yourself stuck in HEL for several hours and without status, consider buying a pass to this lounge.
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