Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 371
I will be in helsinki from 6am until 5pm. Any good recommendations on sightseeing? Any idea about the lounge features that you guys like and don't like? Flying Finn Air.
Member since 01 Apr 2018
Total posts 50
Forget the lounge, hit the city and take in the sights! It’s a great city!
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,118
Skip the zoo, it's a complete waste of time in the winter, very hard to get around and very hard to actually get there as well, even by car.Don't know when you're flying, but Finnair is also currently renovating its Helsinki lounges, so some facilities are unavailable, and having flown through the other month, the lounge is not worth arriving early for in its current state.
Member since 22 Dec 2015
Total posts 27
I visited Helsinki in November last year flying on a Qantas/Finnair RTW fare and had to stay overnight as a part of the ticket conditions. I had never been to a Nordic country before. Helsinki is very clean and a very easy city to see in a day. The harbour front, the underground cathedral, lots of museums and galleries, more than enough to kill the time. The Finnair premium lounge was being renovated at the time and the other lounge was chockers so I just wandered the airport to while away the time before the flight. You will enjoy Helsinki. My philosophy is that I may never get the chance to go back, so explore while you can!
I’m flying April 1st. Seems like city visit is the best option.
Member since 01 Jan 2014
Is beautiful - https://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/ or go have a naked swim/sauna if you are there on ladies’ day -
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 204
1. Morning coffee and cardamom doughnuts at the waterfront Old Market Hall.
Member since 02 Nov 2014
Total posts 3
The Garlic Restaurant (don't breathe on your fellow passengers afterwards) and opposite is a wonderful fur shop run by an old lady and her daughter who specialise in mink and Arctic fox. I bought a terrific mink hat for my daughter that she uses whenever she is in a cold country. They are accessible by the number 3 tram, while you are at it travel the full figure 8 loop of the tram, it takes about an hour.
Member since 07 Mar 2018
Total posts 2
Great advice above!
Just on the sauna, it's been closed for a while - it's reopening on March 26 when Finnair's new Platinum Wing lounge opens up, but to enter you need a Oneworld Emerald (Qantas Platinum etc) frequent flyer card. There's no longer any mention of it in the business lounge description.
Member since 11 Mar 2019
Total posts 1
Get the airport bus into the city, it stops centrally at the railway station. Walk to Esplanadi Park, visit Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Cathedral, national Museum and finish off with Henry's Bar or the Aussie Bar (advertised as staffed by descendents of criminals!). Back to the railway station and bus to airport.
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