Thor Heyerdahl, was a Norwegian anthropologist and adventurer who won acclaim navigating the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans to advance his controversial theories of ancient seafaring migrations.
Water has always been important in Larvik, ever since the times when the Vikings sailed in to build Norway’s first town at Kaupang and Colin Archer shaped the boats of the future to make polar exploration a reality. Larvik is also the birthplace of explorer Thor Heyerdahl, famous for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947.
In Larvik we visited both the monument of Thor Heyerdahl and his childhood home. Thor Heyerdahl was a scientist and explorer, and became world famous for his expeditions with Kon-Tiki, Ra and Tigris. Heyerdahl grew up in Steingata 7 and from his room he had an inspiring view to the sea. In 2007, five years after Thor Heyerdahl passed away, Larvik city council bought his family home. Larvik city council made Thor Heyerdahl honorary citizen of the town Larvik in 1971, and for his 75th birthday a monument of stone specie "Larvikite", was made. You can view the statue at idyllic Tollerodden (source: VisitVestfold).
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The statue of Thor Heyerdahl on Tollerodden in Larvik give several association about his life and experiences. The round pillars should imagine Kon-Tiki raft, the undulating shape of the sea and on top stands Thor Heyerdahl as a statue like stone statues he found on Easter Island. He does not look at the ocean as we might think, but towards land so the statues on Easter Island are doing.
Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) was an archaeologist, an author and an adventurer. He is regarded the most famous person ever to come from Larvik. Already as a youngster he was interested in nature, animals and science. He developed a passion for Polynesia when he got in touch with a friend in Oslo, who had lots of literature on this Pacific island.
He studied zoology at the university of Oslo, but he also took major interest in related subjects like biology and anthropology and other topics that had to do with the Pacific region.
Stein Morten Lund, 4th August 2020
Some interesting articles about Thor Heyerdahl:
Thor Heyerdahl, Anthropologist and Adventurer, Is Dead at 87