‘Kon-Tiki 2’ ended with a rescue at sea

The international crew of the new Kon-Tiki 2 expedition that set sail last fall made their way from Peru to Easter Island, but didn’t manage to complete their planned return trip. All 14 people on board the expedition’s two specially constructed balsa rafts had to be rescued this week after 114 days at sea. “I […]

New ‘Kon-Tiki’ expedition sets sail

A 25-member international team led by Norwegians has set off from Peru to the Easter Islands, re-enacting the famous voyage of fellow Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl. This team, however, also intends to make a round-trip, using two rafts and sailing back again to Peru. “This is a tribute to Thor Heyerdahl,” Torgeir Higraff, leader of the expedition […]

Putin surprises the Kon-Tiki Museum

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been known for surprises that have been far from welcome in recent months, but on Monday he surprisingly charmed staff at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo. They were celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of explorer Thor Heyerdahl on Monday when they suddenly received unexpected, warm and personal greetings from the controversial […]

‘Kon-Tiki’-inspired team set to sail

A new international expedition in the spirit of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki voyage intends to both support and challenge the theories of the Norwegian explorer, who would have turned 100 on Monday. Three teams plan to set sail from South America to Easter Island and back, to test whether ancient seafarers could have done the same. Heyerdahl, who […]

Thor Heyerdahl’s darker final years

The third volume in a biographical trilogy on the life of Norway’s legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl shows that even heroes run into hard times. In Heyerdahl’s case, according to the new book on his final years, his family broke up, he faced financial problems and constant conflicts with other researchers. Thirty years after his triumphant […]

‘Kon-Tiki’ makers fend off pirates

The new Norwegian feature film Kon-Tiki, which topped lists of the most-seen films in Norwegian cinemas in 2012, came out on DVD and BluRay last month and quickly became available on The Pirate Bay and other file-sharing websites. The film’s makers are in despair, and trying to halt the practice. “This is pure thievery,” producer […]

‘Kon-Tiki’ en route for Golden Globe

Norwegian film industry officials were celebrating after the “Kon-Tiki” film released in Oslo last summer was nominated for Norway’s first-ever Golden Globe award for a full-length feature film. It won the nomination last week as Best Foreign-Language Feature. Kon-Tiki, about Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s efforts to mount his famed voyage on a balsa raft, faces tough […]

New film boosts Kon-Tiki Museum

Not everyone agrees that the new film “Kon-Tiki” should be Norway’s candidate at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, but Oslo’s Kon-Tiki Museum is riding high on its wave of success. The interest it’s set off among the public is resulting in a badly needed burst of visitors at the museum that had been operating at […]

Heyerdahl Jr also in the spotlight

Last week’s release of the new Norwegian film Kon-Tiki has thrust the son of the legendary Kon-Tiki captain Thor Heyerdahl back into the limelight – and into a new family quarrel. He seems to mostly be enjoying all the fuss, but claims his mother was the real adventurer. “She was the tougher of the two,” Thor […]

‘Kon-Tiki’ film hit stormy seas

Norwegians have been streaming to cinemas in record numbers to see the new epic feature film Kon-Tiki, about their most famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s legendary voyage on a balsa raft over the Pacific. Meanwhile, another drama has been playing out in real-life, as the daughter of a Kon-Tiki crew member claims the directors took far […]