Oslo, Norway
Date:
03/10/1999

PHOTOS
 
The aim of the Kon-Tiki expedition was to prove that the ancient people of Peru could have made the 4300-mile trip to Polynesia on balsa rafts. This raft left Peru on 28 April 1947 with a crew of six men (Thor Heyerdahl as leader) and three tons of provisions and water. They landed in Polynesia on 7 August 1947 upon a successful voyage.

The RA II sailed from Morocco to the Caribbean in 1970 - 3270 miles in 57 days.


 
The Fram polar ship, built in 1892, is most famous for the Amundsen expedition to Antarctica.


 
PAIGE'S OBSERVATIONS
 
3 October 1999 - The Kon-Tiki Museum houses the balsa raft of Norway's most famous 20th century explorer, Thor Heyerdahl. Used in 1947, Thor and a multi-national crew traveled from Peru to Polynesia, 4300 miles in 101 days. Through this expedition, Heyerdahl added weight to his theory that the first Polynesians originally came from Peru.

Also in the museum is the RA II, which sailed from Morocco to the Caribbean (3270 miles), in 57 days during 1970. A museum film shows highlights of the original RA 54-day voyage and its capsizing just a short distance before reaching its goal.

The Fram Museum, next door to the Kon-Tiki Museum, is home to the Scottish-Norwegian built polar ship of 1892. The first Fram expedition, led by Fridtjof Nansen, crossed the ice around the North Pole. The most famous Fram voyage carried Roald Amundsen to Antarctica.

 
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  Kon-Tiki Museum and Fram Museum (Paige)