Traveling over the Atlantic is something Tor and I are extremely used to at this point, but on this trip we were going to be heading the farthest north and east (in Europe) we have ever been. To travel from New York to Helsinki, Finnair was our first choice in trekking to Finland, so we were really excited to partner up with them as we embarked on our Nordic adventure (I still have the music from their onboard videos still stuck in my head and I love it!).
The journey from New York to Helsinki is around 7 hours while the journey back is around 9 hours (gotta love jet streams). We had the opportunity to fly Finnair’s business class both to and from Finland, which was a really nice way to bookend our visit. As we were flying business class, this gave us a chance to experience Finnair’s lounges at both JFK and Helsinki. In New York, they share a lounge with American Airlines, but in Helsinki, they have several lounges of their own and one exclusively for business class passengers. Finnair’s lounges in Helsinki are modern, bright, and full of delicious food and beverages. They even had sea buckthorn shots, which I will get into in my next Finland blog post. We checked in for our flight several hours early so we could enjoy the lounge in Helsinki, and I wasn’t going to say no to a glass of champagne at 10 am.
Finnair has one of the most comfortable business class seats, which is always welcomed when trekking over the ocean for several lengthy hours. But what really stood out to me was the food. On our flight back to New York, Tor and I both devoured a delicious mushroom soup (and I’m normally NOT a big mushroom fan) as well as yummy seafood with potatoes in a dill butter sauce (two of my favorite things – dill and butter).
As you all know I am a very anxious flyer, but the cabin crew on Finnair knew what to do to make me feel much more comfortable for our transatlantic flights. I have to credit the Finnair cabin crew on our flight to Helsinki for introducing me to blueberry juice, which is apparently extremely common in Finland but not so much here. Needless to say, I was hooked instantly and kept asking for more glasses of it throughout our flights.
If you’re traveling to Finland anytime soon or curious as to which airline to fly to get to Finland, look no further than Finnair. I’m looking forward to flying with them again someday!
We traveled on Finnair during the winter months, which offers one daily flight to and from New York year round. Miami also has three weekly flights, and Chicago and San Francisco have daily flights during the summer months.
We flew as guests of Finnair, however all opinions in this post are my own.