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Skansin Fortress, Torshavn

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Historic Site · Military Facility
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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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  • Except the view over the harbour I do not think this place has much to offer. If you by accident not should be very interested in run down WW2 - arms. 
    Except the view over the harbour I do not think this place has much to offer. If you by accident not should be very interested in run down WW2 - arms.  more »
  • See the historic fort, or more accurately, what remains of it. There are lovely views of the harbour and Tinganes from the fort. You can walk around and see the guns and the lighthouse, but none of....  more
    See the historic fort, or more accurately, what remains of it. There are lovely views of the harbour and Tinganes from the fort. You can walk around and see the guns and the lighthouse, but none of....  more »
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  • 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.
  • Skansin is very beautiful and has a lot a Faroese history behind it with a small prison they used to use and two rusty cannons it also has a light house. If you visit Skansan please keep it clean so others can enjoy.

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