If you’re stuck on a Helsinki layover at the Helsinki, Finland (HEL) Vantaa Airport, you’re in good shape as far as airports are concerned. After all, there’s tons to do, and the airport was named one of the Top 10 Airports In The World. The airport is located 3 miles from Vantaa city center and 10 miles north of Helsinki city center which makes exploring the nearby areas very accessible for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to decide on leaving the airport during your Helsinki layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the airport during your Helsinki layover, there is a meditation room to provide a “calm ambiance” for passengers, two banks and wireless Internet, three baby care, change rooms and baby playrooms, a barber, plenty of restaurants and shopping galore. For a map of all the services at the airport, click here.
If you’re looking to leave the airport and explore, you can drop off your bags at airport lockers. Lockers are located at the Airpro Travel Services at arrivals 2B and cost EUR 4 for every 24 hours, and can be stored for up to 8 days.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Helsinki On A Layover:
If you have a limited time to check out the sights, might want to take a tour of the city that will pack them all in a short time frame. There are many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, day cruises, and more.
Kauppatori (Market Square & Market Hall)
The Kauppatori market square is a great destination, near the beach, where you can pick up some souvenirs, check out the Stone of the Empress monument and mermaid statue, and stretch your legs with a nice stroll. At the edge of the harbor you can find ferries (including Nordic Jet Line) which travel to the Estonian capital of Tallinn. The market is located at the east end of Esplanadi Boulevard.
Tuomiokirkko Lutheran Cathedral
200 years old, the Tuomiokirkko Cathedral, with its green domes, is probably the best known landmark in Helsinki. Along with artwork, a large organ and cafe, visit the rooftop where you’ll find some impressive statues of Jesus and his Apostles. There’s a long flight of stairs and at the top you’ll see a great view of the city.
Suomenlinna Island & Fortress
For those on a long layover, you can hop on a ferry from the Market Square and travel out to Suomenlinna Island and Fortress. It is a 15-minute trip (ferries run 2-3 per hour). Walking tours are offered in the summer and there’s a visitor center which has more information on the history of the island.
Uspenski Orthodox Church
East of the Market Square, you’ll find the Uspenski Orthodox Church sitting atop a small hill. The church was built in 1868 and has the flavor of the Russian period, with red brick architecture. The church is one of the largest orthodox churches in Europe and has 13 domes.
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