Welcome to Harju!

harju kuvituskuva


Harju is located at the heart of the vital rural community on the banks of river Ravi.

The 200 year old manor house, Harjun Hovi, and the surrounding wide estate awaits you! The estate offers variety of architectural styles as well as park and garden areas. You can follow Salpa Line hiking trail to find out more about Finnish war history or visit Kiessi, our museum of horse‐drawn vehicles. We are also home to Harju vocational college. Dating back to 1889, it is a private, educational institute of natural resources.

You can explore the fields of education offered by Harju and find your dream job. Harju is an ideal learning environment for enhancing your practical skills.

Whether you are planning a business event or a family gathering, we have the facilities for you. We have up to date modern technology equipment, variety of spaces and beautiful surroundings for a both unique and functional experience.

Opiskelijat istuvat nauraen luonnossa.



Harju Vocational College, the educational institute of natural resources, has a long history to train experts on natural resources. We offer training in five different educational sectors: equestrianism, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, nature and environment.

Harju provides high quality educational services for any age students. The qualifications you can study includes basic vocational qualifications and further vocational qualifications.

We are offering individual learning pathways. Your studies are tailored for your needs and objectives. At the beginning, you will be given a personal competence development plan. Learning takes place on school premises, at workplace, and increasingly on our digital learning environment. Vocational degree training courses typically last for three years without any prior expertise in the field.

Our fields of vocational education and training

Vocational qualifications
• Horse management (groom)
• Equestrian services instructor
• Riding instructor (International Level 1)

Further vocational qualifications
• Provider of Equine-assistant Services
• Tack-maker
• Farrier
• Riding instructor (International Level 2)

• Rural entrepreneur

Vocational qualifications
• Gardener

Further vocational qualifications
• Landscape gardener
• Landscape constructor

• Lumberjack-forest service producer
• Forest energy producer

Nature and environment
• Nature instructor
• Nature resources producter

More information on Finnish vocational education and training

Lampipuisto ja tyttö piknikkorin kanssa.


Why not spice up your event with horse riding, abseiling or guided tours? You can experience the true Finnish countryside in Harju. Spending time in Harju is an unique experience itself, but if you want some action as part of your holiday in Virolahti there is a possibility to try out several activities. Abseiling from a steep cliff or variety of horse activities make your stay in Virolahti even more memorable.

50 kilometers long Salpa Line hiking trail goes through Harju. The historic surroundings in Harju attract to wonder around in the park area, forests and fields and enjoy the tranquillity. There is something for everyone!

Harju Manor and our partners offer tailor-made leisure activities for all occasions and tastes. You can naturally also use the Manor as a setting for your own program or activities.

For a good night’s sleep, book one of our twin rooms or a studio apartment with cooking facilities. We offer accommodations up to 200 persons.

Ilmakuva Harjusta.


Harju Manor is situated in the municipality of Virolahti, on the southeast coast of Finland. Approximately 170 kilometers east from Helsinki and 25 kilometers from the Hamina city. Harju Manor is only two hours drive away from Helsinki Airport.

Contact us by e-mail: ravintola@harjunopk.fi