“Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.”

An Institution that Reflects the Visions of Thor Heyerdahl

What is The Thor Heyerdahl Institute?

The Institute endeavours to promote and continue to develop Thor Heyerdahl’s ideas and principles within, interdisciplinary research, international dialogue / multi-cultural co-operation and protection of the global environment

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. 


Every year since 2006 the Thor Heyerdahl Institute has organised a conference on an important contemporary global issue. You can find information about all the International Heyerdahl Day conferences that have been organised so far here.

Thor Heyerdahl Scholarship

Are you attending a Norwegian sixth form college (Videregåede skole) and would like to follow in the footsteps of Thor Heyerdahl?

Official opening of the childhood home

The official opening of Thor Heyerdahl’s childhood home in Steingata 7, Larvik, took place in October 2011.

Thor Heyerdahl Professoship

A four-year Thor Heyerdahl Professorship in co-operation with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB).


The man who made the Moai walk

In collaboration with the Czech Embassy, we were fortunate to meet the engineer and archaeologist Pavel Pavel. Pavel participated on Thor Heyerdahl's second expedition to Easter Island in 1986. The aim of the expedition was to figure out how the Moai statues had...

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Larvik open to the world

"Thor Heyerdahl and his legacy on the Czech Republic" - A lecture by expedition member to the Easer Island and the man who made the statues walk: Pavel Pavel.

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Celebration of the twinning township

On Wednesday 17th of October, we had a visit from a delegation from Andora in connection with the celebration of the twinning township between Larvik, Norway and Andora, Italy (2018) in Thor Heyerdahl's childhood home. Here are the pictures....

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A successful T.O.S.C.A Opera concert at Larvik Church!

Many attended the Thor Heyerdahl Concert at Larvik Church on the 17th April. In collaboration with Larvik municipality, The Thor Heyerdahl Institute presented an evening with the winners of the opera contest T.O.S.C.A 2017. The choir ‘Tjølling Sangforening’...

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Successfull T.O.S.C.A Opera concert in Oslo!

In collaboration with IIC, The Thor Heyerdahl Institute presented an evening with the winners of the opera contest T.O.S.C.A 2017 in Oslo on 18th April. The concert was held at the Italian Institute of Culture. The Thor Heyerdahl Institute is very pleased with the...

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