The airport sleep pod phenomenon continues to spread with the latest installation of futuristic pods in Helsinki. Piggy-backing off the popularity of European sleep cubes in Munich, Amsterdam and London, Helsinki Vantaa International Airport recently introduced a series of capsules that allow the weary traveler some privacy and shuteye.
The details, you ask? On your next Helsinki layover, you will now have the option of slipping into one of 19 locally-designed “GoSleep” pods, located at Gates 18 and 38. The rate is 9 Euros per hour – but, you’ll be able to nap for FREE during the spring! Each sleep pod is an ergonomic seat that transforms into a bed with a privacy shield that creates a light and noise-free cocoon. You can store your hand luggage beneath the seat – but you may want to bring your electronics in with you, since each nest comes equipped with a single plug. Couple this with the provided pillow and blanket, and you’re sure to snooze soundly knowing your belongings are safe, and your devices – charged.
This sleep pod initiative is but one of a plethora of improvements Finavia has made to Helsinki Airport lately. Together with yoga classes, relaxation zones, the Kainuu public lounge and more, the airport is working hard to boost both layover traffic, and traveler happiness. We wonder if this might just be the item that bumps Helsinki up to the number one spot in our “Best Airports in Europe” list this year?
And of course, if you’re in Helsinki, do be sure to tweet us a picture of these pods in action! We can’t wait to hear traveler reviews about their value for price. Leave a comment below or submit your airport review.
Update 05 August 2015 – The rate has been reduced from 9 Euros to 5 Euros per hour. At Gate 37, you can use the pods for free.
Photos courtesy of Finavia