The Kon-Tiki expedition was funded by private loans, along with donations of equipment from the United States Army. Heyerdahl and a small team went to Peru, where, with the help of dockyard facilities provided by the Peruvian authorities, they constructed the raft out of balsa logs and other native materials in an indigenous style as recorded in illustrations by Spanish conquistadores. The trip began on April 28, 1947. Heyerdahl and five companions sailed the raft for 101 days over 6900 km (4,300 miles) across the Pacific Ocean before smashing into a reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7, 1947. The crew made successful landfall and all returned safely.
Thor Heyerdahl’s book about his experience became a bestseller. It was published in 1948 as The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas, later reprinted as Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft. A documentary motion picture about the expedition, also called Kon-Tiki was produced from a write-up and expansion of the crew’s filmstrip notes and won an Academy Award in 1951. It was directed by Thor Heyerdahl and edited by Olle Nordemar. The voyage was also chronicled in the documentary TV-series The Kon-Tiki Man: The Life and Adventures of Thor Heyerdahl, directed by Bengt Jonson.
The original Kon-Tiki raft is now on display in the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo.
Basada en hechos reales.
En 1947, el mundo fue sorprendió por el entusiasmo de un joven noruego antropólogo y aventurero que, decidió emprender una asombrosa y peligrosa expedición.
Thor Heyerdahl quería demostrar que la Polinesia había sido colonizada por habitantes de América del Sur y contra todas las opiniones, Thor decidió probar su teoría realizando el épico viaje cruzando el Atlántico en una balsa de madera llamada Kon-Tiki enfrentando todos los peligros inimaginables que el océano tenía reservados para él y para los cinco hombres que lo acompañaban en esta extraordinaria aventura.