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You can transport special baggage on Finnair flights either as part of your regular baggage allowance, or for an extra charge depending on the item's size.

The extra baggage fee depends on how many bags are included in your ticket and how much other baggage you're taking with you.

For example, if your ticket includes one bag (your ticket bears the code “1 PC”), and you check in a suitcase as well as ski or golf equipment, you will have to pay a charge for one extra bag.

Pay for extra baggage

Sports equipment

If your sports equipment is packed to fit into the weight and size limits of checked bags (maximum weight 23 kg (50 lb) and external dimensions no bigger than (length + width + height) 158 cm (62 in)), it is considered one standard piece of baggage. 

Some exceptions are applied to skiing equipment and surfboards, but if your equipment exceeds the standard measurements, a heavy bag charge is usually applied. 

Skiing equipment

  • Skiing or snowboarding equipment is considered one piece of standard baggage, unless the ski shoes, snowboard shoes, or poles are packed in a separate bag (in which case your skiing equipment would be checked in as 2 pieces).
  • You can normally take skiing equipment without informing us beforehand. However, if you’re travelling in a group of ten or more people who will be taking skiing equipment, please inform us in advance, as space on our aircraft can be limited.
    Also, if your flights are operated with smaller aircraft, such as ATR or Embraer, please inform our Customer Care beforehand as space is limited.
  • Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum members are allowed to carry one ski or snowboard bag for free.
  • Ski jumping equipment and other skis longer than 220 cm (79 in) are counted as oversized items and a heavy bag charge applies. A prior approval is needed from the airline.


Watch the video below to find out what you need to know in advance and how to pack your skiing equipment safely for your flight.

Golf equipment

  • Golf equipment is considered one piece of standard baggage. 
  • Golf equipment may include a set of golf clubs, one golf bag and one pair of golf shoes – all these items count towards the total weight of your golf equipment.
  • Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum members are allowed to carry one set of golf equipment for free.


Watch the video below to find out what you need to know in advance and how to pack your golf equipment safely for your flight.

Bicycles

  • Please notify us when you make your flight reservation to ensure that your bike fits on the flight, and arrive at the check-in well in advance of your flight’s departure time as bikes require special handling.
  • If you already have a flight booking and haven't notified us about the bike, please fill in this form.
  • Please note that bicycle transportation cannot be confirmed in advance if your flight is operated with ATR aircraft.
  • A bicycle must be packed in a hard protective case meant for transportation of bicycles. Please note that if your bike is not packed appropriately, the airline may not accept it for transport and the liability in case of damage is limited.
  • The maximum weight for a bicycle is 23 kg. If your bike is heavier, heavy baggage fees apply (up to 32 kg).
  • Electric bikes cannot be transported as checked baggage, even if the battery is disconnected or removed.
  • The transportation fee is €75 or USD/CAD100 for long-haul flights and €55 within Europe and the Middle East. For tandem bikes the fee is double. Fees are for flights in one direction. You can pay the transportation charge at the airport, or in advance by filling in this form or by contacting Finnair.


Watch the video below to find out what you need to know in advance and how to pack your bike safely for your flight.

Diving equipment

  • Diving equipment (without air tanks) is considered one piece of baggage.
  • If the diving equipment includes air tanks, you will need to pay a heavy bag charge at the airport.
  • Air tanks must be fully emptied prior to transportation.
  • Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum members are allowed to carry one set of diving equipment for free.

Sports guns and firearms

Firearms for sports or hunting may be carried in checked baggage, but prior approval from Finnair is needed. If you already have a booking, you can notify us about the firearm by filling in this form. Please note:

  • Make sure you have all the required permits and licenses by consulting the embassy of the destination country. It is not possible to travel with weapons to/via London Heathrow.
  • A firearm case may contain maximum 2 rifles or shotguns (long arm) or 5 guns (short arm), and it is considered one piece of standard baggage.
  • The firearm must be unloaded and packed in a sturdy package. 
  • Cartridges may be carried in checked baggage when securely boxed and the quantity (including the packaging) does not exceed 5 kg (11 lb). The ammunition may not include explosive or incendiary bullets, and its classification must be 1.4S and the UN number either UN0012 or UN0014. Read more here.
  • A handling fee of €25 per firearm case is always collected. You can pay the fee beforehand with a Finnair Plus voucher, by filling in this form or by contacting our customer service by phone. The fee is for flights in one direction. Local airport authorities may also collect additional weapon handling charges as part of the check-in process.
  • These conditions also apply to the transportation of replicas, decommissioned guns and guns for game purposes, e.g. airsoft and paintball guns.
  • If you are carrying guns, it is not possible to check in your baggage the evening prior to departure.

Windsurfing boards, surfboards and kayaks

  • Surfboards with a maximum length of 190 cm (75 in) and maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lb) are considered one piece of standard baggage. If you do not exceed your baggage allowance, no extra charge applies. If the board and the sail are packed separately, they are considered as two separate checked-in bags.
  • If a surfboard exceeds the maximum measurements (190 cm x 75 cm x 65 cm or 75 in x 29.5 in x 25.5 in), a charge of €150 or USD/CAD200 is collected at the airport. 
  • For carrying windsurfing boards, canoes and kayaks, an extra charge of €150 or USD/CAD200 is always collected at the airport. The fee is for flights in one direction. 
  • Please notify us when you make your flight reservation and ensure that you arrive at the check-in well in advance of your flight’s departure time.


Watch the video below to find out what you need to know in advance if you are travelling with a surfboard or wakeboard.

Fishing equipment

  • Fishing equipment is considered one piece of standard baggage.
  • A set of fishing equipment may consist of 1 or 2 rods, a reel, a landing net, a pair of fishing boots and a bait box, all packed together.

Hockey equipment

Hockey equipment is considered one piece of standard baggage, unless the hockey sticks are carried separately (in which case your hockey equipment would be checked in as 2 pieces).

Walking poles

  • Walking poles are always carried as checked baggage.
  • If walking poles are carried separately, they count as one piece of baggage.

Vaulting poles

  • Vaulting poles are always carried as checked baggage.
  • An extra fee is always collected for carrying vaulting poles. The extra fee is €75 or USD/CAD100 on intercontinental flights and €55 or USD/CAD55 on European flights. The fee is for flights in one direction.
  • The fee for vaulting poles depends on the baggage allowance of your ticket as well as how much other baggage you’re taking with you. If your ticket bears the code “1 PC”, you can take a vaulting pole with just the vaulting pole extra fee. If you wish to travel with a vaulting pole and checked baggage, you will need to pay an extra bag charge on top of the extra fee.
  • If you’re travelling on a scheduled Finnair flight, you can pay your excess baggage fees on via Manage booking.
  • Please notify Finnair Customer Care when you make your flight reservation and ensure that you arrive at the check-in well in advance of your flight’s departure time.

Musical instruments

You can carry most musical instruments as part of your normal baggage allowance. Each item counts as one piece of baggage.

Depending on their size, musical instruments are carried either in the cabin or in the hold of the aircraft.

  • Musical instruments packed in a hard case with dimensions that do not exceed 125 cm/49 in (width + length + height) can be taken on board as carry-on baggage, providing they fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. 
  • Please note that if you take your musical instrument into the cabin, you cannot have any other carry-on baggage apart from a personal item such as a small handbag, a small laptop bag or a small backpack.
  • If you want to take your instrument in the cabin but it exceeds 125 cm/49 in (width + length + height), you need to purchase an extra seat for it. Please contact us by phone as extra seats cannot be booked online.
  • Musical instruments up to 23 kg and external dimensions (length + width + height) max. 158 cm, for example guitars, can be carried as checked baggage in the hold of the aircraft. 
  • Larger musical instruments up to 32 kg and/or 190 cm x 75 cm x 65 cm can be carried for an additional heavy bag charge.
  • Large musical instruments exceeding all of the above measures may be accepted with a prior approval from the airline. Please fill in this form or contact our customer service

Watch the video below to find out what you need to know in advance if you are travelling with musical instruments.

This information applies to all flights operated by Finnair – if your trip includes flights operated by other airlines, please check their baggage regulations.

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