Torshavn: The Captivating Capital of the Faroe Islands

Torshavn: The Captivating Capital of the Faroe Islands, Torshavn, Faroe Islands (B)

On arrival in Torshavn the capital of the Faroe Islands I caught a tantalising glance of the red and white tower of a lighthouse on a promontory at the far end of the harbour. I decided this should be my starting point and set off to investigate. At first I did not appreciate that the steps I was climbing were actually part of Skansin the only remaining fort of the four that were built to defend the town and Streymoy, its island home.

During the sixteenth century Tórshavn had become established as a trading centre and vulnerable to pirate attacks from across the North Atlantic. Magnus Heinason, the great Faroese adventurer, was given the trading rights to the islands he ordered a defensive fort to be built on this promontory in 1580. 

This fort was destroyed by French pirates in 1677 because the islanders failed to meet their demand for 100 oxen, 200 sheep, 500 pairs of gloves, 1,200 pairs of stockings and 60 nightshirts. Its successor was used by the British Royal Navy as a headquarters during the Second World War. The guns that were positioned to protect the islands from a German attack are still there. Today, there is not much left of the fort but the grassy mound is a great place for a picnic while enjoying the views over the sea to the neighbouring island of Nólsoy.  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Torshavn: The Captivating Capital of the Faroe Islands
Guide Location: Faroe Islands » Torshavn
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Valery Collins
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Skansin
  • Tinganes
  • The Faroese Parliament
  • Vaglio Square
  • Undir Ryggi
  • Havnar Kirkja
  • Niels Finsens Gota
  • Viderlundin Park
  • Listasavn Foroya
  • Nordic House
  • National Museum
  • Vesturkirkja