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.



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Founded: 1580
Category: Castles and fortifications in Faroe Islands


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vladimir berlin (7 months ago)
A cool place with a nice view of Torshavn. the old fort has some old cannons from WW2. the place is very quiet and pretty,
Kevin Michalski (8 months ago)
It's a small historical site with old military structures, cannons, and a lighthouse. It will take you only 10 minutes to walk through the area, it's not very big. There are some nice views of Torshavn from here!
David Smith (11 months ago)
Here you can find what remains of the British fortress during WWII. There are some of the walls, buildings, guns and lighthouse. Pleasant view of the sea and Nolsoy Island opposite. Nothing spectacular, but well worth the stroll up the hill if you're nearby.
Zion Phlipps (2 years ago)
The worst tradition of poisoning the Mother Nature !
dilla hartono (2 years 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.
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