Pole Position: Finnair’s new ‘Arctic Express’ service

A Finnair ATR aircraft prepares for takeoff.
Photo Credit: Finnair

Finnair is gearing up to introduce its novel ‘Arctic Express’ service, a flight route that will establish a direct connection between three captivating Nordic destinations – Helsinki, Rovaniemi, and Tromsø.

This comes as Finnair seeks to bolster its Nordic flight connections and cater to a burgeoning interest in Arctic exploration.

Connecting the Arctic Wonders


The ‘Arctic Express’ route is set to be unique for travel in the Northern regions. This route is set to be the sole direct link connecting Rovaniemi, famously known as the hometown of Santa Claus, with Tromsø, the enchanting gateway to the Northern Lights.

The flights are slated to operate twice a week, starting from the 2nd of December, aligning perfectly with the winter season when the Arctic’s beauty is at its peak.

Rovaniemi and Tromsø

The new flight route offers a seamless and exciting way for travelers to explore the wonders of Lapland.

Visitors will now have the opportunity to effortlessly experience two of the Arctic’s most renowned destinations – Rovaniemi and Tromsø – in a single, memorable trip.

Whether it’s the charm of meeting Santa Claus in Rovaniemi or being dazzled by the ethereal Northern Lights in Tromsø, the ‘Arctic Express’ paves the way for unparalleled adventures.

Photo Credit: Finnair

Helsinki departures


The scheduling of the ‘Arctic Express’ flights is designed to accommodate both international and local travelers. Departing from Helsinki every Thursday and Saturday, these flights ensure an accessible and enticing journey for all.

Moreover, these flights open up exciting stopover possibilities for international passengers, enabling them to explore the Arctic’s treasures by including extended stays in Rovaniemi and Tromsø, before making their way back home via Helsinki.

Finnair Comments


Antti Tolvanen, Finnair’s Senior Vice President of Network & Revenue Management, expressed his thoughts on the appeal of the new route.

“The Arctic nature and high-quality travel experiences appeal to travelers from various parts of the Europe,” he noted.

Flights on the ‘Arctic Express’ route will be operated using the airline’s 68-seater ATR aircraft, ensuring that each passenger is guaranteed a coveted window or aisle seat which will permit a good view.

In addition to the ‘Arctic Express’ service, Finnair offers a range of options for travelers eager to explore the beauty of the Nordic region.

 With flights to 14 destinations within Finland and five in Norway, travelers have the freedom to discover some of the most picturesque landscapes the region has to offer.

During the winter season, Finnair will enhance its offerings with up to 10 daily direct flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, along with a daily service to Tromsø. This flexible approach empowers travelers to customize their itineraries to suit their preferences seamlessly.

Service Connections


Finnair’s commitment to facilitating smooth and convenient travel experiences is underscored by its well-coordinated flight schedules.

The airline has strategically timed its services to enable effortless connections from key UK airports, including London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Dublin.

Travelers can transition between flights with ease, thanks to all flights operating from the same terminal.

About Finnair


Finnair is a network airline, specialising in connecting passenger and cargo traffic between Asia, North America and Europe.

Finnair is one of the oldest operating airlines in the world, celebrating its centenary in 2023. Finnair intends to reach carbon neutrality at the latest by the end of 2045.

Customers have chosen Finnair as the Best Airline in Northern Europe in the Skytrax Awards for 13 times in a row. Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance. Finnair Plc’s shares are quoted on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

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