Skansin is a historic fortress located on a hill beside the port of Tórshavn. The fort was built in 1580 by Magnus Heinason to protect against pirate raids of the town, after he himself was nearly caught up in one such raid. The fort was expanded considerably in 1780 and went through a series of rebuilds for many years afterwards. During the Second World War the fort served Britain as a military base. Two guns date from the British occupation, standing along with many older Danish cannons.

One of the Faroese lighthouses, the Skansin Lighthouse, towers over the fortress, pointing the way to the capital. The strategic location of the fort offers tourists picturesque views of Tórshavn port, surrounding landscape and views out towards Nólsoy island.



Your name


Founded: 1580
Category: Castles and fortifications in Faroe Islands


4.2/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Zion Phlipps (8 months ago)
The worst tradition of poisoning the Mother Nature !
dilla hartono (8 months ago)
Your traditions by killing 1400 dolphins and whale are CRUELS.are you INSANE?? and hurt world people's heart. I hope no wealth upon your area and being cursed.i hope no travelers go here.
Chris Chris (8 months ago)
Please stay away from dolphins... Hope your children will learn to love these wonderful creatures!!!! Simply STOP KILLING DOLPHINS!!
Bjarni Dali (10 months ago)
The beautiful, grasscovered old fort is a well preserved oasis of the past, in the middle of the bustling harbor of Tofshavn. Always good for a walk amongst the old buildings and artillery pieces.
Scottish-Hidden-Gems (2 years ago)
Interesting fort and lighthouse, great views all around
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Redipuglia World War I Memorial

Redipuglia is the largest Italian Military Sacrarium. It rises up on the western front of the Monte Sei Busi, which, in the First World War was bitterly fought after because, although it was not very high, from its summit it allowed an ample range of access from the West to the first steps of the Karstic table area.

The monumental staircase on which the remains of one hundred thousand fallen soldiers are lined up and which has at its base the monolith of the Duke of Aosta, who was the commanding officer of the third Brigade, and gives an image of a military grouping in the field of a Great Unity with its Commanding Officer at the front. The mortal remains of 100,187 fallen soldiers lie here, 39,857 of them identified and 60,330 unknown.