Rock Church

Greetings from: Helsinki

Snaps from Finnair’s Inaugural Flights from SEA to HEL

Finnair is the latest new international carrier to serve Stuck at the Airport’s home base airport in Seattle.

We were delighted to hop on the inaugural flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Helsinki Airport (HEL).

And, yes, we love that we can tell people we can now fly directly from Seattle to HEL(L).

(Courtesy Port of Seattle)

Flights to SEA to HEL now operate three times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, using an Airbus A330.

Here are a few more snaps from the gate celebration on June 1, some of the inflight amenities, and a few places we visited early in our Helsinki visit.

Thanks to Finnair for taking us along.

Cookies to celebrate the Inaugural Finnair Flight from Seattle to Helsinki

Souvenirs from the inaugural flight include cookies and luggage tags. For some passengers we met in the gate area before the flight, these were the only clues that they had booked seats on new service from SEA.

Combined with the champagne or blueberry juice welcome drink and the Marimekko amenity kit for business class passengers, this was a very festive welcome.

SEA airport sent off this inaugural flight with two congratulatory cakes for the crew, which they generously shared with passengers.

In Helsinki

We’ll have more time to explore the airport on our way home but we are encouraged to see bright spaces and artwork greeting passengers on arrival at the recently-upgraded terminal.

Licorice in Finland

Salted licorice (salmiakki) is a popular treat in many Nordic countries and a ‘you love it or you hate it’ treat for visitors from other countries. The team loves it. And we were pleased to find a candy store not far from our hotel filled with licorice varieties we’d never seen or tasted before.


Helsinki Attractions

We’ll share more photos over the next few days, but with charming guides from Visit Helsinki, a group of Seattle-area journalists has been roving around the town.

Rock Church

Temppeliaukio Church is, understandably, one of Helsinki’s major tourist destinations because this Lutheran Church was carved out of solid rock, lined with copper, and covered with a UFO-like dome.

Helsinki’s central library – Oodi

Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo, Courtesy Helsinki Partner

Helsinki’s Central Library – Oodi – has books, of course. But this sprawling, welcoming space also serves as a community center and resource palace with everything from an outdoor terrace and cafes, to work and meeting spaces, recording studios with loaner instruments, play areas for kids, 3-D printing stations, sewing machines, and seemingly anything you might want to use or try out.

We love the spiral staircase, a work of art decorated with hundreds of words describing the wide variety of users that the public suggested the library should be dedicated to.


The Helsinki Art Museum – HAM – is hard to miss with this giant seagull head outside. We’ve yet to make our way inside the building. But because about half of the 9,000 works of art in HAM’s collection are located in public spaces, we’re able to enjoy the museum’s offerings as we walk around town.

We’ll be back with more sites and spottings from Helsinki tomorrow.

(Photos by Harriet Baskas unless otherwise noted)