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.
– Thor Heyerdahl is one of the most well know Norwegians of all time and his journeys with Kon-Tiki, Ra, RA II and Tigris were met by the interest and amazement of the whole world. We are happy to be able to publish stamps to mark his 100th anniversary, says stamp director Halvor Fasting of The Norwegian Postal Service.
It was in 1947 that Thor Heyerdahl became known worldwide for sailing for 101 days over the Pacific with Kon-Tiki, a raft made of balsa trees. The book he wrote following his expedition was released in one million editions and translated into 71 languages and the film that was made won an Oscar in 1951.
This was the start of a long and adventurous career that has led to new knowledge in the field of indigenous migration and has increased environmental awareness.
Kon-Tiki is shown on one of the stamps that will be published. Ra II is shown on another, along with a portrait of Thor Heyerdahl and a statue (moai) from Easter Island on the fourth. The stamps will be kr 10 kroner (A-post domestic) and are on sale from Monday 28th April 2014.
Photo: Håvard Jørstad, Posten