Local initiatives

The Institute plays an active role in the steering group of the local “Heyerdahl Town” project in Larvik.

Heyerdahl Town project in Larvik

The Institute has played an active role in the steering group of the local “Heyerdahl Town” project in Larvik.


One of the aims of the project was to build up an identity for Larvik as “Heyerdahl’s home town” where core values such as innovation, a sense of adventure and an open attitude are central factors. The purchase and restoration work on Thor Heyerdahl’s childhood home marks a milestone in this work.

The Heyerdahl Town project was concluded in 2010.

Heyerdahl Library

The Institute’s library collection currently consists of approximately 350 books, videos and DVDs. The co-operative partner of the Institute in this work is Larvik Public Library.

The books that have been purchased reflect the development of the Institute from the year 2000 until today. It was only in 2003 that work was begun to acquire books in line with the overall aim of promoting and developing the research and development ideals of Thor Heyerdahl. Co-operation in connection with the Heyerdahl Town project has led to the establishment of a seperate Heyerdahl Room in Larvik Public Library, where anyone interested in Thor Heyerdahl is welcome to come and browse.

The purchased items correspond to two types of collections:

  • A basic collection covering the academic areas corresponding to or bordering on the Institute’s areas of specialisation
  • A collection by and about Thor Heyerdahl as seen in the context of the library’s local collection. The library has a good local collection that includes books and a unique collection covering several decades of newspaper articles. The local collection is built up on a continuous basis and is a valuable resource for the Institute.

A dialogue regarding where the books should be located in the long term will not become relevant until the Institute has new premises.