Skansin Fortress, Torshavn

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#5 of 20 in Historic Sites in Faroe Islands
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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  • August 17, 2017
    This fortress of Torshavn is a place crop and pleasant to visit, with a small lighthouse very cute and a nice view of the city. It is right near the inner harbour, passed by here if you're on a walk through the town.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Located on a small cliff above the harbour this place includes a ,lighthouse , an old cabin with green grass roof, a few old canons, and more  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Nice views of the harbor and see not much else besides old leave guns and 2 British anti-aircraft guns from 2. During World War II. A single building, does not have access to.
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  • August 1, 2016
    A nice place by the harbor where you can enjoy the scenery and the relic canons from WW2.
  • June 9, 2017
    Interesting place
  • July 20, 2016
    No thanks...unfriendly people!
  • July 7, 2016
    Nice architecture
  • March 17, 2014
    WW2 canons!

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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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