Helsinki Airport has two Finnair lounges, one for transfers between Schengen countries and the other for non-Schengen transfers. Access for both is available to Finnair Plus Platinum, Gold & Silver members and business class passengers with the Finnair AY code on their ticket and boarding pass. A valid ticket and boarding pass or Finnair Plus membership card must be shown to gain entry to either lounge. Additionally, each member may take children under the age of 18 and/or one guest, travelling on any OneWorld flight into the lounge.

The lounges are primarily places to rest and work in peace and quiet, away from the general airport hustle. Facilities include newspapers and magazines (mainly Finnish, some English), beverages and snacks, power outlets for electrical devices and communication connections.

In addition to the Finnair Lounges there are also other lounges including the ‘Aspire Lounge’ and ‘Almost @ Home’ Lounge which can be used on other airlines, for an entry fee or with a ‘Priority Pass’ membership.

Schengen Lounge

Location, Hours and Access
Location: Transit Hall, second floor, above Gates 25 and 26
Opening Hours: Open daily 6am – midnight

Access: As listed above, plus Qantas Platinum & Gold card holders and oneWorld Sapphire & Emerald members. Other passengers may gain entry for 45 euros (~AUD$70) per person.

General Impression
A large, spacious and bright lounge thanks to the double height floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the airfield. Classic Scandinavian décor in warm, subtle colours. Comfortable high backed sofas and a lounge area with recliners are perfect for a quick nap.

Food & Beverages
Buffet is good quality with a reasonable variety. Soft drinks, wine, spirits and beer are available. Excellent beer on tap (self service).

Showers
Showers available. Modern & clean with free amenities. Book in on arrival in case of queues.

Entertainment and Business Facilities
Lightning fast free Wi-Fi, taking just one click to activate and plenty of wireless recharging stations throughout. Business cubicles with MacBook’s, a laptop bar with power points.

Other Notes
Passengers will enjoy the wide range of chairs for work or relaxing.

Non-Schengen Lounge

Location, Hours and Access
Location: Transit Hall, second floor, near gates 36 and 37.
Opening Hours: daily from 6am-12 midnight

Access: All Finnair and oneWorld Business class passengers. Other passengers may gain entry for 45 euros (~AUD$70) per person.

Food & Beverages
Varied buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks and a full bar

Showers and Spa
Six individual shower rooms, spa and sauna available

Entertainment and Business Facilities
Televisions in relaxation area. Free Wi-Fi and apple mac work stations, wireless recharging stations for electronic devices

Special Facilities and Services
Luggage storage available which together with showers makes the lounge an ideal base for long lay-overs.

Other Notes
Accommodates up to 250 guests. Voted ‘Lounge of the Year 2011′ and ‘Best Business Facilities’ by Priority Pass members.

Non-FinnAir lounges:

Almost@Home Lounge – Non-Schengen Area
The Almost@Home Lounge is set up (as the name suggests) like a cosy home with inviting, comfortable décor and a warm atmosphere. Divided into three main areas of living room, home office and kitchen serving food & beverages to suit the season and time of day. There is a playground area with playstation, books and toys for kids, HP public computers, dining room, bar with drinks to purchase, reception, showers, tea & coffee station and couch corner for relaxing. Other facilities include lockers, magazines and newspapers, wireless printer, WLAN, and a souvenir store.

Located in terminal 2 in the non-Schengen area [between the gates and passport control], open daily 6am-7:30pm. Single visit price 48 euros (AUD$77) per person with maximum visit time of three hours.

Aspire Lounge – Schengen Area
The ASPIRE Lounge is primarily a business lounge with facilities for relaxing and working before departure. Facilities include complimentary beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks, flight info screens, hot food, snacks and treats and shower facilities are also available for an additional 10 euros (AUD$15). Great views of the runway while you relax in the very comfy and unique ‘hanging bubble’ chairs.

Accessible free of charge to Servisair, Aspire by Servisair, Priority Pass and Airport Angel card holders. Accessible to all other travellers regardless of airline or travel class for 38 euros (~AUD$61) for 3 hours.

Located at Gates 27-28 in the Schengen area [for most European flights], open Mo-Fr 5:30am-10pm and Sa-Su 5:30am-7:30pm. The lounge is undergoing renovation from 24 Nov to 15 Dec 2014 and will be refreshed and improved on for 2015 travel.