In 2016, the same year as when Norway gifted Finland a gigantic mountain for their 100th Birthday, I had the delight to visit the nation. The world’s happiest country is what it is known as, and for all the rightful reasons. Can’t even describe what it was like when I first caught a glimpse of Helsinki, the Finnish capital city thriving with lakes and unmatched scenic beauty. As, a matter of fact, landing at Helsinki Vantaa Airport was the first averment that Finns love their woods. Descending from above the clouds to a runway enveloped by a pine tree forest was a sight to treasure.
Then there was another thrill to attend, as soon as, I entered the luxurious Helsinki International Airport. Thriving with lavish interiors, Helsinki Airport is Finavia’s proclaimed pride which features some of Scandinavia’s best furnishings, eco-friendly sleep capsules, boutiques and restaurants. Interestingly, each corner of Finavia Airport exhibits a strong connection with nature. Whether it be, the eco-friendly designs or the serene composition of the place itself. I guess when you travel from one of the noisiest urban communities, across the globe, the tranquillity of the Finnish territory seems to impress you a little more. One classic example of Finavia Airport’s love for the natural world lays in its nature-friendly lounge where one can unwind and relax.
This lounge goes by the name, Kainuu, which takes its inspiration after the Kainuu-district of the Oulu electoral region. What makes this lounge ‘extraordinary’ is that it evokes the exact same vibe as that of the Kainuu pineland. Which, is why the lounge features, furnishings made from the Kainuu forest wood that fell by the wind. At Kainuu lounge, you exclusively get to relax and take a virtual trip to Finnish forests without actually having to travel there. That, while you listen to nature-inspired music throughout.
After all, who doesn’t love a little dose of chirping birds, soothing sounds of waterfalls and the gentle swishing of leaves? Another interesting place to explore at Finavia Airport is its room full of sleeping capsules. These capsules allow passengers to enjoy a restful sleep in between long transit hours.
For those obsessed with technology, there are plenty of USB charging stations at the airport. Additionally, you will find the USB ports installed in the terminal seating. Accessing airport Wi-Fi is relatively easy! Either you can connect to ‘Helsinki airport free WiFi’ via the code you receive on your phone, or in the absence of a telecommunications network, approach the nearest counter and they will provide you with the temporary access code. Coffeeholics like me can hit the airport Starbucks and relish a Finnish Cappuccino.
Starbucks is located next to the airport entrance gate and is the perfect place to wait at, while your transport arrives. There are plenty of taxis available outside the airport and the average fare to the city centre will cost you somewhere between EUR 40 to 50.