“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).


Thor Heyerdahl Concert in Larvik kirke!

Tuesday April 17th, 18:00. Tickets kr 200,- In collaboration with Larvik municipality, Thor Heyerdahl Institute presents an evening with the winners of the opera contest T.O.S.C.A 2017, arranged in Andora, Liguria each year. This is the area where Thor Heyerdahl spent...

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Happy New Year!

The Thor Heyerdahl Institute wishes all its friends a Happy New Year! We look back on an exciting and eventful 2017.

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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. Picture:  Amassador Giorgio Novello, The Italian Embassy.      ...

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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. Key speakers: The Mayor of Larvik, The Ambassador of Italy in Norway Giorgio Novello, professor Arild Vatn from Norges miljø- og...

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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 Higraff, Cecilie Mauritzen and Liv Arnesen talked about the importance...

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