Thor Heyerdahl


The man who never saw borders

Explorer, scientist, writer… He was born in Larvik, Norway, on the 6th of October 1914. He made the cover of National Geographic magazine and his books have been translated into more than seventy languages. At an early age he became interested in biology and after his humanistic training he specialized in Polynesian anthropology. During World War II he served in the Norwegian parachute unit, where he met some of his future adventure companions.

His wisdom and courage would forge, in 1947, the formidable Kon-Tiki expedition. He wanted to demonstrate that the first settlers of Polynesia could have arrived from South America on log rafts.

Oscar que ganó Thor Heryerdahl por su documental de la expedición Kon-Tiki.

The film of the Kon-Tiki expedition won the Oscar for best documentary feature (1951)

He later carried out similar feats with the reed ships Ra, Ra II and Tigris, voyages in which he upheld his commitment to the environment and world peace. In his extraordinary life, he also organized archaeological expeditions to the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island, the Maldives and Túcume (Peru). In 1990 he focussed his attention on studying the abandoned Pyramids of Güímar, research that demonstrated the astronomical orientation of the pyramid complex. Finally, in 1994, he settled in Tenerife. He died in Colla Micheri (Italy) on the 18th of April 2002.