(lär`vēk), city (1995 pop. 39,011), Vestfold co., SE Norway, at the head of the Larviksfjord (an arm of the Skagerrak); chartered 1671. It is a shipping and whaling center. Tanum Church, a medieval stone structure, is nearby.
Born in Larvik, Norway, he became world famous in 1947 for the Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he and five companions sailed a balsa raft across the Pacific from Peru to the Tuamotu Islands, proving that New World mariners from the east could have sailed to Polynesia.
Project development and construction group Skanska AB (STO:SKAB) announced today the signing of a contract with the Norwegian Road Administration to extend the E18 motorway at Larvik between Bommestad and Sky in Norway.