On this day you will learn about the history of Finnish aviation! Take a short trip riding the airport train from Helsinki railway station to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
The main destination for the day is the Finnish Aviation Museum, which is located right in the heart of Vantaa, in the Aviapolis neighbourhood. The museum’s exhibition showcases aircrafts, engines, propellers, gauges and scale models originating from different eras, that can be seen up close. It is also possible to peek into some of the planes! You can tour the museum on your own, but we recommend booking a guided tour to get the most out of your visit. By booking in advance, it is also possible to test flying with an aircraft simulator. You can choose between retro, civilian or fighter plane simulator. On your visit, you can also enjoy the cuisine of the museum café, which serves both delicious savoury and sweet pastries. On weekdays, lunch is served in the café from 10:30 until 13:30. After a treat and relax moment in the café, we recommend popping as well into the museum shop, where you will find aviation-themed books, toys, postcards, airplanes and scale models to take home with you.
After an inspirational visit to the Aviation Museum, a quick stop to admire the only Alvar Aalto destination in Vantaa is definitely in order. Within walking distance from the museum, you can see the terraced houses that Alvar Aalto designed in the 1950s. A separate sauna and laundry room building was also designed on the same plot. The buildings can only be viewed from the outside, as they are privately owned.