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 must see i Torshavn. You get a fantastic view over all of Torshavn and the surrounding Islands as well as the busy harbour.  more »
  • the fort is the location of two WW2 Navel Guns, located at the fort to deter any unwanted ships from entering the port, the guns are still in place but slowly rusting away and welded up so they...  more »
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  • Really nice monument to the fort that was here. Good signs with some interesting information. Really great views from the top out towards the water and back towards the town.
  • Wonderful scenery. But very cold for me being Maltese! Still loved it.

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