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  • Green Economy and Hydropower

    Thor Heyerdahl Institute have conducted a seminar with the Italian Embassy on Green Economy and Hydropower. The seminar took place in Thor Heyerdahl's childhood home in Larvik.

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  • 4 October, 2017: Welcome to an exciting new seminar in Larvik!

    Welcome to an exciting new seminar in Larvik!

    The Thor Heyerdahl Institute & The Italian Embassy in Norway present the seminar: Nature, hydropower, an environment-conscious economy. 

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  • Merry Christmas!

    The Thor Heyerdahl Institute wishes all its friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  • The Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2016, a success!

    Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2016 was a success! More than 200 students attended the conference in October, where the international acclaimed speakers Hilde Waage, Cecilie Hellestveit, Torgeir...

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  • The Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2016

    The Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2016 takes place on 26th October this year! The location is “Gamle Logen” in Oslo from 11.30-15.30.

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  • Thor Heyerdahl Annual Report 2015

    The Thor Heyerdahl Institute's Annual Report 2015 is now available, and here you can check out how the Institute did last year!

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  • Heritage of the world and Unesco

    In May 2011, the Thor Heyerdahl Archives were added to UNESCO's "Memory of the World" Register. Currently, this list includes 238 collections from all over the world. The Heyerdahl Archives span th...

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  • Access Water

    The Access Water Expedition team, led by our board member Liv Arnesen, completed their journey in December 2015. Watch the new trailer for their documentary film!

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  • Branding 2.0 conference

    Thursday 16 June The Thor Heyerdahl Institute attended a Branding 2.0 conference hosted by Metro Branding in Sandefjord, and we went on a really nice boat trip organized by Metro. 

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  • Kon-Tiki2: The crew have reached shore

    The Kon-Tiki II crew have now reached ground in Talcahuao, Chile.

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  • Kon-Tiki2: The rescue operation

    The news of the rescue hits worldwide. Here you find a clip of the recue operation on Italian Euronews, an article by BBC News and article from British newspaper The Telegraph.

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  • Kon-Tiki2: A great adventure has come to an end

    As we have learned that the Kon-Tiki II expedition now has ended, The Thor Heyerdahl Institute wants to honor the crew for being amazingly brave and showing a relentless patience.

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  • Kon-Tiki2: Expedition ends

    17th march 2016: The Kon-Tiki2 Expedition has decided to end the expedition after 114 days and 4500 nautical miles in the South-East Pacific. The goal of the expedition has been to show that balsa...

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  • Kon-Tiki2: Trawling for plastics

    Plastics in our modern societies are an almost fundamental commodity of daily life. In order to improve the quality of materials that we use – for example to pack our food – we need to understand...

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  • Kon-Tiki2: Interview with the captain

    See the interview with captain Signe Meling on Kon-Tiki II on the Norwegian news channel TV2Nyhetskanalen. Monday 15.2.2016. 

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  • Kon-Tiki2: 40° South

    February 18th: In a milestone event, the Kon-Tiki2 Expedition crossed into the roaring 40s today. No balsa raft has been this far south in modern times, and the crew is celerbrating the event.

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  • Kon-Tiki2: Start of the second voyage

    The second leg and return voyage of the Kon-Tiki II Expedition has started.

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  • Kon-Tiki2: A warm welcome

    While we are waiting for the right weather conditions and the rafts to set sails, expedition leader Torgeir Higraff wants to specify the incredible welcome and friendliness of the residents on Rapa...

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  • Launch time is set

    The Kon-Tiki2 Expedition is ready to set sails for South America!  Launch time: 4pm (GMT-5): 4 January 2016

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  • Article: Include the ocean in climate negotiations

    Most people are familiar with the fact that temperatures on our planet have increased for decades. But not all know the impact this has on the ocean.  

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  • The diary of Thor Heyerdahl is now public

    Every day during the Kon-Tiki expedition, Thor Heyerdahl wrote in his diary.

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  • What the Ocean would have said

    Dear delegates, dignitaries, ladies and gentlemen.  It is a great honor to be given the floor at the 21st Conference of the Parties here in Paris – a meeting of enormous consequences for Earth, its...

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  • Kon-Tiki2 reports from the South Pacific

    November 21st, Dagbladet published an article about the Kon-Tiki expedition 2015.

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  • Kon-Tiki2: Installations under water

    November 2015. The three-stage sampler from NIVA is a big water pump which uses massive amounts of energy (raft scale). It floats on the side of the raft while it pumps exactly 15.000 litres of wat...

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  • Kon-Tiki2: Tracking our rafts

    November 2015. The Kon-Tiki2 website has a little map on the left side of its homepage, showing the progress of the Kon-Tiki2 rafts.

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  • Status from the Kon-Tiki2 expedition

    November 20th 2015. The Kon-Tiki2 Expedition sails two rafts, from South America to Easter Island. Roundtrip. The rafts are Rahiti Tane and Tupac Yupanqui. 

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  • Kon-Tiki2 : NIVA's three-stage sampler deployed

    November 15th, the Kon-Tiki2 Expedition deployed an advanced three-stage sampler in the South Pacific. The goal of the operation is to detect plastic fragments of varying sizes.

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  • Kon-Tiki2 leaves Peru for Easter Island

    November 7th, The Kon-Tiki2 expedition left Peruvian shores for its journey to Easter Island. An expedition filled with scientific research and experimental archeology has started!

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  • Kon-Tiki2: Press Conference in Peru

    The Kon-Tiki2 expedition met the press at the SIMA shipyard in Lima today. Expedition leader Torgeir Higraff explained how the expedition would contribute to environmental research, as well as...

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  • Kon-Tiki2: Raft building in Peru

    See the video of the raft building in Peru.

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  • Research during Kon-Tiki2

    Are you wondering how they are going to conduct research during the Kon-Tiki2 expedition?

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  • Sponsor of "Kon-Tiki2"

    We are proud to announce that The Thor Heyerdahl Institute is the second general sponsor of the Kon-Tiki2 expedition. The institute endeavours to promote and continue to develop Thor Heyerdahl's...

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  • See a clip from "The Nile Quest"

    The Nile is the oar of life for millions of people, as it flows through 11 countries. But it is also a source of conflict and strougle for resources. 

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  • Liv Arnesen teams up with Kon-Tiki2

    The Thor Heyerdahl Institutes Board Member, Liv Arnesen, teams up with Kon-Tiki2:

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  • New expedition "Kon-Tiki2"

    Torgeir Higraff, known from Tangaroa in 2006, is now planning a new expedition.

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  • 60 years since the first Easter Island expedition

    60 years ago, Thor Heyerdahl conducted the first archaeological expedition to Easter Island. Thor Heyerdahl is as relevant today as he has ever been. In 2014 The Thor Heyerdahl Institute launched a...

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  • Earth Hour 2015 – Lights off!

    Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. More than 162 countries and territories worldwide are now involved.

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  • Heyerdahl Anniversary book

    On the occasion of the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Thor Heyerdahls birth, the book Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki in New Light by The Thor Heyerdahl Institute was launched in October 2014.

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  • Nobel Peace Prize

    We congratulate the two Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi who are presently receiving the worlds most prestigious price!

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  • The Thor Heyerdahl International Day

    This year's anniversary conference was a meaningful place where the business community, politicians, professionals and students met and talked about the future where both opportunities and challeng...

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  • Thor Heyerdahl to be honored in Seattle

    In these days, the adventurer and scientist Thor Heyerdahl is being honored in Seattle.

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  • New Heyerdahl installation in Poesiparken

    On monday, November 3rd, a new Heyerdahl installation was unveiled in "Poesiparken" in Larvik, by Thor Heyerdahl jr.  

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  • Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki – fiction or fact?

    On the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of Thor Heyerdahls birth, the book Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki in New Light by The Thor Heyerdahl Institute was launched at the Kon-Tiki Museum on October...

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  • Sign up for the anniversary conference!

    The Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2014 – Sign up!

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  • The Green Economy

    The Thor Heyerdahl summer school has started. 24 participants from all over the world were present when the summer school was opened. All lectures are open for anybody who is interested.

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  • Thor Heyerdahl to be remembered with four stamps

    In 2014, The Norwegian Postal Service will release four stamps in remembrance of the archeologist, writer and discoverer Thor Heyerdahl during the 100th year anniversary of his birth.

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  • Summer School 2014 - The Green Economy

    The Thor Heyerdahl Institute are proud to present The Thor Heyerdahl Summer School " The Green Economy" June 16-27, 2014.

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  • Join in on Earth Hour!

    The world's iconic buildings switch off the lights Saturday March 29 at 8:30pm-9:30pm – join in!

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  • Test your Thor Heyerdahl knowledge!

    New winner every month!

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  • We wish you all a merry christmas and happy new year!

    We wish you all a merry christmas and happy new year!

    Thank you to all our co-operative partners.

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  • The winner of the logo competition is announced!

    The logo competition to commemorate the 100th birthday of Thor Heyerdahl (1914 – 2014) has a winner!

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  • The winner of the official logo competition will be published shortly

    Here you can see all the entries for the competition.

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  • Follow Thor Heyerdahl's 100 years anniversary on Facebook

    The Thor Heyerdahl Institute and The Kon-Tiki Museum has launched a Facebook page where you can read all about our anniversary activities in 2014.

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  • Design logo - Competition 2013-2014

    Create a logo to commemorate the 100th birthday of Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2014).

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  • Caucasus biking 2013 – Tracking the Viking God Odin

    Biking in the track of Thor Heyerdahl for Cultural understanding Caucasus – Norway

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  • Summer activity – Build your own raft

    Almost 900.000 people have seen the Kon-Tiki film. Maybe it will inspire you to build your own raft this summer? If it does, send us a picture of your creation!

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  • MSc International Tourism Management still has some places available

    You can study in Glasgow, London or at home via online studies and forums. Continuous admissions.

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  • The Thor Heyerdahl Institute sets focus on corporate social responsibility!

    Tonje Renate R Husa, project manager at the institute, is one of the judges in the CSR Awards Norway 2013.

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  • Put it in the diary!

    The Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2013 will take place in Bergen from 21 st to 23 rd October.

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  • Kon-Tiki was premiered in Moscow on 16th April 2013.

    During the city's Norwegian Film Festival, the Russian public will be able to experience the original and the new Kon-Tiki films, both dubbed into Russsian.

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  • Take a look at The Heyerdahl Institute's new film!

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  • Join Earth Hour Saturday March 23 at 8:30pm-9:30pm!

    There is no doubt about it: the world is facing some of the most critical environmental challenges in its history. That may make the journey to a sustainable future seem difficult to imagine, but i...

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  • MSc International Tourism Management

    Apply for the MSc International Tourism Management now!

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  • Thor Heyerdahl Summer School

    Thor Heyerdahl Summer School started its second course on 25 June.

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  • Historical event

    Historical event

    The Thor Heyerdahl Institute has arranged the annual conference, in cooperation of the Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), Seattle, USA.

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  • The Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2011

    The Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2011

    Set aside Monday June, 27th! In co-operation with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), The Thor Heyerdahl Institute would like to invite you to a lecture and lunch at UMB, Ås.

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  • The Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Enviromental Governance 2011

    The Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Enviromental Governance 2011

    A summer school series – the Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Environmental Governance – is established at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The series aims at giving PhDs and young...

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  • Activities for Arild Vatn, 2009 - 2010

    Arild Vatn tells us more about his work within the Thor Heyerdahl professorship from the period of August 2009 up to August this year.

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  • The Thor Heyerdahl International Days 2010

    The Thor Heyerdahl International Days 2010 are being organised in co-operation with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. More information will follow.

  • Raft Regatta 2010

    Raft Regatta in the spirit of Heyerdahl

    My father would have loved this, said Thor Jr. With plenty of spectators and 11 impressive rafts, the annual raft regatta was kicked into action in Stavern on Saturday morning.

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