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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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
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