Kon-Tiki review

Not being able to start our travel adventure yet, we have been watching a lot of travel movies lately. It is so inspiring to experience travel through movies – and we are especially crazy about authentic travel movies that allow us to get a taste of real life travelers beyond the normal standards.

Some weeks ago we had the great joy of watching and experience the travel movie Kon-Tiki.

Kon-Tiki is an authentic movie about the legendary Norwegian explorer, Thor Heyerdahl and his 1947 Kon-Tiki Expedition.

We heard about this movie because of its nomination for the Best Foreign Language film at this years Oscars, the 85th Academy Awards, together with the Danish film En Kongelig Affære (A Royal Affair) which is also worth a watch, by the way. The award was won by the Austrian film Amour (Love).


Thor Heyerdahl Kon-Tiki

Pål Sverre Valheim as Thor Heyerdahl in Kon-Tiki

Thor Heyerdahl believed that the Polynesian Islands in the South Pacific Ocean were settled by Peruvians, although the common knowledge at this time suggested the settlers came from Asia (today, most anthropologists does not believe the Polynesian settlers to by Peruvians).

Not able to prove his theory in other ways, Thor Heyerdahl decided to built a raft, which he called Kon-Tiki, and – only using the equipment and technologies available to the Peruvians at the time for their settles – float across the Pacific Ocean, from Peru to Polynesia, a 4,300 miles (6900 km) voyage.

Funded by private loans and donations of equipment, Heyerdahl and a crew of five other Norwegians set off from Peru on April 28th 1947 on their balsa log raft, Kon-Tiki.



Kon-Tiki is produced by Nordisk Film, who is also the producer of most Danish films. Normally, the standards of these films aren’t even comparable to those from Hollywood, But Kon-Tiki, being Nordisk Film’s most expensive production to date, can actually compete with the standards set by Hollywood movies.

Obviously, the story of the Kon-Tiki expedition is amazing. But Kon-Tiki is much more than that.

It is also the story of six men on a raft for nearly four months out on the Pacific Ocean. It’s the story of how the desperation of not being able to stear the raft are causing the crew to question Thor’s theory. As a viewer, you’re rooting for “Tiki” and for Thor to be right.

We see Thor Heyerdahl not only as a man with great theories, courage and with a passion for exploration, but also as a man who finds it hard to juggle the life as an explorer and the life as a husband and father.

Thor Heyerdahl Kon-Tiki Liv

Thor Heyerdahl and his wife Liv in Polynesia before the Kon-Tiki expedition

The sceneries are beyond anything we have ever seen before. Filmed in both Polynesia, Peru, New York City and Norway, you can’t help but fall in love with those great sceneries. The movie is nicely put together, and five men on a raft in the Pacific Ocean for an hour straight never get boring.

Pål Sverre Valheim, who plays a young Thor Heyerdahl, does an amazing job. He puts the dedication and strong beleifs of Thor’s to life in the most amazing way. The other actors are also great and amazing compared to what you normally see here in Scandinavia. They are really worthy of Hollywood!


Kon-Tiki is an amazing movie and the best travel movie we have seen by far. It’s the best movie we’ve seen in 2013 yet – but it’s going to be a hard one to top! The production is the best from Scandinavia ever and we could just watch it over and over again.

We have to give Kon-Tiki 5 stars – it’s just sooo good!

After watching Kon-Tiki we have both been next to obsessed with the Polynesian Islands. On a much more affordable notice: we also want to visit the Kon-Tiki museum in Oslo. And read his book about the Kon-Tiki expedition. He is such an inspiring man and traveler!

Kon-Tiki will be in cinemas in the US on April 26th 2013. 


Would you go see Kon-Tiki? And what is your favorite travel movie?

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