In 1947 the explorer Thor Heyerdahl and five other norwegians crossed the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands on the raft Kon-Tiki. The documentary film made about the expedition is the only norwegian film that has won an Academy Award, in 1951. These days there is a new movie, an action movie about Kon-Tiki showing on norwegian cinemas. I have not seen it yet, but 165.000 norwegians saw the film on the opening weekend a few days ago, and the film is expected to be the most seen norwegian movie ever. Myself I went to a the small village Stugudal in Tydal at the same time. The village with only 80 inhabitants are showing a small Kon-Tiki exhibition in the village hotel, Væktarstua. It was run by Heyerdahl aunt, Martine, and this small mountain village is were he wrote the book about Kon-Tiki. Well, it was not a big exhibition, but interesting to know the story, and that this famous man has hiked in the same mountains as me.
Martine Lyng Unsgård
The exhibition in Tydal is showing a copy of the raft Kon-Tiki and the typewriter Heyerdahl used writing his book. The exhibition is in cooperation with the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo.