Helsinki

Finnair 69 Helsinki (HEL) to Hong Kong (HKG)

The scheduled flight time nine hours and 50 minutes Finnair 69 Helsinki (HEL) to Hong Kong (HKG)  departs Helsinki at 11:40 PM local time and arrives at Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong at 3:30 PM Hong Kong time. The aircraft to used on this flight was an Airbus A340.

It was interesting watching the aircraft being de-iced to remove the buildup of snow and ice from the wings just before we pushed back from the gate.

Luckily most people kept their window blinds closed until closer to the end of the flight so a lot of the time was passed sleeping.

Hotel Haven Helsinki

Hotel Haven is located very close to South Harbor and is only a short walk to the main train station or Mannerheimintie and the main city shopping areas.

This is a very nice hotel staff were extremely pleasant and friendly plus the included breakfast buffet was very clean with a good selection of food and drinks.

Although the main hotel entrance is on Unioninkatu there is a courtyard area which leads onto Etelaranta very close to the covered market and the adjacent markets along Esplanadi.

Finnair 3244 Rome (FCO) to Helsinki (HEL)

This Finnair flight was on an Airbus A321 from Rome to Helsinki. From the departure gate in Rome all passengers board a bus which transports everyone way around to the other side of the airport to board the aircraft via stairs.

Finnair aircraft are always clean and the decor light and bright. Flight time was approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes and an interesting feature is the nose camera feed into everyone's seatback LCD monitors during takeoff and landing.

The Finnair cabin crew were all extremely pleasant and happy throughout the entire flight.

Silja Symphony Helsinki to Stockholm

Silja Symphony Helsinki-Stockholm

The non allergy berth we booked on this ship is a room with vinyl covered floor as opposed to a carpeted floor.

It is not possible to open a window in this berth which was on level 5 for fresh air. There are 2 single beds which are a good size, a wardrobe and dresser with drawers.

The WC is very compact with a toilet, wash basin and shower. There was a distinct stale urine smell in the WC.

Scandic Maski Hotel Helsinki Finland

This hotel was very central to the city center and not too far from the ferry terminals. It cost around 60 euro to get to the hotel from the airport by taxi.

Although the room was right out the back of the hotel it was large and had windows that could be opened. Breakfast was included each day and no one even asked which room we were from, we just went to the breakfast buffet, ate and left! The breakfast buffet had a selection of hot and cold food.

Finnair AY6 JFK to Helsinki

Finnair AY6 JFK to Helsinki Nonstop 8 hours, 10m 6,603 km Depart: New York (JFK), 17:40 EDT Arrive: Helsinki (HEL), 08:50 EEST(+1 day)

The A330 on this service felt brand new. Seating in Finnair economy feels closer together than on Qantas B747 international economy. There are meant to be shared power outlets on board for laptop power but if there is it is well hidden. I could not see an AC outlet anywhere.