In December 2009, Finnair opened their Via Spa as part of their new lounge facilities at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The spa is unique, as it is the only publicly accessible sauna complex that is in the secure area of a major international airport terminal.
According to the Finnair blog:
The new Via Spa area can welcome over 100 guests to its four different saunas and steam rooms, cold water treatment and mineral water baths, rest areas and wellness treatment rooms. Anyone over 18 can visit the Via Spa for a fee of 45 euros between the hours of 10 in the morning and ten at night. Finnair Plus Platinum cardholders have free access to Via Spa. You can even prepare yourself for your sauna experience with an ice spring before your take your shower. Berry-scented hair and skin care products are included in the basic price. The treatments on offer are being constantly being evolved and developed to be even more varied, according to the German Haslauer spa concept company that devises them. The cost of treatments varies from 31 euros upwards, and there’s a 50 per cent discount on general entry to the spa area for those customers wishing to take these treatments.
The Helsinki airport only serves a few long-haul routes. If you are looking for other places to sauna in an airport while you wait for your next flight, there is an extensive list out there. We are in the process of adding a new section to this site specifically for airport saunas.
Don’t forget, there are also many airport hotels with saunas.
If you know of an airport sauna, let us know in the comments.