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Thor Heyerdahl gets a new burial place

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Thor Heyerdahl became world famous for his many expeditions. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB archive / Scanpix

Of NTB | 17.04.2024 08:13:05

Social conditions: Thor Heyerdahl, known for, among other things, his Kon-Tiki journey, died in 2002. He was originally buried on the family estate in Colla Micheri in Italy.

In close cooperation with the family, enthusiasts have worked to be able to bury Heyerdahl in the town where he was born, writes NRK.

At the end of June, the urn will be transported from Italy to a new burial ground at Larvik church, close to Heyerdal’s childhood home.

Former mayor of Larvik, and prime mover for the project, Øyvind Riise Jenssen, believes this has a lot to say for the city’s identity.

– Many people will walk around the grave site and the memorial stone. It substantiates that he is a Larvik boy. It will be of great importance to us that he comes home, says Jenssen.

The adventurer’s eldest son, Thor Heyerdahl jr., is also satisfied with the decision.

– When Larvik wants to show off a guy they consider their big son, it flatters us. It’s very nice, he says.

(© NTB)

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