A Film by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
The story of legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
When the scientific community rejects his theory that South Americans were the first to settle in the Polynesian Islands, Heyerdahl resolves to prove its validity - and save his reputation - by embarking on the voyage himself. Recruiting a group of five men who are just bold enough to tackle the seemingly impossible trip, he builds a simple raft to original pre-Columbian specifications and sets off on the epic 101 day-long journey across the treacherous oceans to meet his fate, while the world watches.
→ Coconuts on Cocos Island
→ Balsa Raft in Aboriginal Navigation of Peru & Ecuador
→ Feasible Ocean Routes in Pre-Columbian Times
→ The Kon-Tiki
→ The Kon-Tiki Film
→ Scandinavian Rock Art Index
→ Easter Island Section
→ Bradshaw Foundation