Skansin Fortress, Torshavn

Once used to defend against pirates, Skansin Fortress went on to serve as a British military base in World War II. The 16th-century stronghold lies in partial ruins today, which include the the fort remains, a lighthouse, and several cannons. Take the short, easy walk up the hill and enjoy the view of the harbor and the town, as well as this piece of the islands' history. To visit Skansin Fortress and get the most from your holiday in Torshavn, create itinerary details personal to you using our Torshavn trip planner .
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  • A fortress in front of Thesshavn's bus terminal and ferry terminal. There is a lighthouse and a battery which stands on top which is a little like a cliff. The battery is very small and pretty size. Because it is a small hill, the townscape of Tosshan can be seen, and the surrounding islands can be seen, and the view is good.
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  • An easy and beautiful walk. On the top it is very windy. You can feel the power of nature with the wind and the water.  more »
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  • Oldest fort in Torshven. There is a short description in several languages. Mostly it is a self guided tour. Good views of the commercial harbour.
  • Small fort with a few buildings. Some date back to the 16/1700s. There are cannons there as well. Benches for taking a quick bite while you take in great views of both the port and town.
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