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Skansin Fortress, Torshavn

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Lighthouse Military Facility
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. Make Skansin Fortress a part of your Streymoy vacation plans using our Streymoy travel itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Streymoy

Although small villages usually have some available rooms with commendable service, the island's capital--Torshavn--offers the most options, ranging from 4-star hotels to guesthouses and lodges. Most hotels are situated in the city center near the harbor, but you can also find comfortable rooms on the town's western outskirts. Some parts of the island offer good camping sites, decent alternatives for adventurous outdoorsy types.
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  • Fort Skansin at Torshavn's entrance is a splendid place to spend an afternoon...wander around the ramparts and the pretty lighthouse. Spectacular views abound of the sea and town. Clean and unassuming...  more »
  • i wish i had more time at this place, we just had 5 hours , a days stay at least is needed, the whole town is awesome  more »
  • Probably the best view in the city centre and interesting to see their Fortress Protection of years gone by but again with so little to do or see in the City this becomes a must see just by default if...  more »
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  • A nice place by the harbor where you can enjoy the scenery and the relic canons from WW2.
  • Interesting place
  • No thanks...unfriendly people!
  • Nice architecture
  • WW2 canons!