#933152 by marshy11
28 Feb 2017, 13:09
After a fabulous weekend in Tallinn it was time to leave. The A350 currently flies back on the first slot from HEL to LHR. It was too early a start for us so we opted for the later flight and a lie-in, leisurely breakfast, swim, sauna and steamroom at the Hilton. The trade off being a standard Club Europe (Finnair equivalent) on from Helsinki.

But first it was the little ATR to bring us home through the snow.

It's a short hop, 20 minutes but interesting views.

Tallinn airport does have a lounge on the second floor. You walk past (or over) passengers passing through security and it did all look rather insecure.

The lounge was small and fairly dark but the welcome bright. Our onward boarding cards gave us access. There are light bites, cookies and cakes. The sandwiches were rather nice - a salmon, a pork and salad and chicken and parmesan (I opted for a couple of these). A variety of soft and alcoholic drinks. You really wouldn't want to be there any longer than was necessary, which for us was about half an hour.

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#933153 by marshy11
28 Feb 2017, 13:10
This is the baby taking us back to Helsinki.

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There isn't much to say about a quick up and down flight but it was interesting from start to finish purely because of the snow and icy runways both at Tallinn and Helsinki.

If you get the chance to visit Tallinn I can certainly recommend it for a weekend. It's very pretty, the people are incredibly friendly and the beer is superb!

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#933154 by marshy11
28 Feb 2017, 13:20
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#933172 by whiterose
28 Feb 2017, 17:58
Fab photos, the one with the conical roofs and the church is particularly pretty. I think I would have been maybe a little nervous about snowy runway and small plane but no doubt they are used to such weather and cope admirably. You seem to have had a very enjoyable weekend.
#933229 by hiljil
01 Mar 2017, 19:23
Thank you for the insight into a very different flight and destination. Loved the photos. Like Whiterose, I would have been very nervous about being on a plane in all that snow ..... :-O
#933230 by marshy11
01 Mar 2017, 20:02
Thank you both. It was a very agreeable and enjoyable weekend.

The plane was easy, it was the bus driver taking us from the flight to the gate that I worried about. She was clearly at home on ice. Scary stuff.
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