Lounge Review: Finnair Lounge Schengen Helsinki Airport (HEL)

I wasn’t expecting much from the Finnair Schengen region lounge at Helsinki, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this lounge.

Entrance to the lounge

Entrance to the lounge

First, I loved the design of the lounge. It felt airy and open with lots of cool furniture and lighting fixtures. There were large windows, so there was natural light. The lounge was pretty busy, but there were plenty of seats still available.

Airy lounge

Airy lounge

Sizable lounge

Sizable lounge

Seating

Seating

Couches

More seating

More seating

More seating

Standing area

Standing area

Funky furniture

Funky furniture

Private work station

Private work station

View of apron

View of apron

The lounge had showers, which may be useful for anyone connecting from a long flight.

Shower

Shower

Soda and beer on tap

Soda and beer on tap

Wine

Wine

In terms of food, I wouldn’t say it was great, but it was there. There was soup and a hot option (of something that I could not identify), breads, salad, fruit salad, and cake. Everyone likes cake, right?

Fuit

Fuit

Salad

Salad

Soups

Soup

Hot food

Hot food

Cake

Cake

Going in, I was expecting something similar to US domestic lounges, but the Finnair Schengen region lounge at HEL is a step above. It’s just a cool-looking lounge, and there’s some food and showers.

In general, I think Helsinki is a pretty great airport with interesting lounges. It’s not super fancy or extravagant, but the airport and lounges are solid with great design and character. I’ll also note that even you’re connecting from a non-Schengen flight to Schengen flight, you can still use the non-Schengen lounges prior to passing through passport control, which is a great perk.

One thought on “Lounge Review: Finnair Lounge Schengen Helsinki Airport (HEL)

  1. George

    I have been in this lounge in February. It was definitely crowded. Lines to enter the lounge, to get food. It was really difficult to find a place for two people to sit. People working the lounge looked overwhelmed.
    I think it is a nice lounge, albeit incredible full of people.

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