“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
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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

Thor Heyerdahl Scholarship

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

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. 

Thor Heyerdahl International Day

Every year since 2006 the Thor Heyerdahl Institute has organised a conference on an important contemporary global issue.

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 winners of the Thor Heyerdahl Scholarship 2019 have been elected! It was many high quality contributions that were submitted this year and where most of the contributions went under the genre of film and animation. This led to this year's scholarship being divided...

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Seminar in Andora 2019

Seminar in Andora 2019 In connection with the friendship-city agreement that was entered a few months ago between the municipalities of Andora and Larvik, the institute and several politicians from Larvik visited Andora in Liguria on 30 May - 3 June. The program...

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Thor Heyerdahl Concert at the Italian Institute of Culture in Oslo

April 10th we witnessed a fantastic concert held by the winners of the 2018 T.O.S.C.A opera competition. In cooperation with the Italian Institute of Culture in Oslo The Thor Heyerdahl Institute organised the successful event joining important friendships and beautiful music. We especially want to thank the extraordinarily skilled singers and their artistic leader Massimiliano Viapiano for letting us experience and enjoy this very enchanting evening.

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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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