Sunday, July 1, 2012

Keeping Tabs on Kon-Tiki

This terrific poster for the original 1950 "Kon-Tiki" movie caught my eye on Facebook the other day. Ever since we interviewed actor Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen for the November 2011 issue of Viking, I've been anticipating the release of the new "Kon-Tiki" movie. Originally scheduled to come out this spring, the movie's revised release date has been pushed back to August 24—not too surprising, given it's Norway's biggest and most expensive film production to date.

If, like me, you're eagerly awaiting the film's release, don't despair: there are plenty of ways to catch a little Kon-Tiki fever in the mean time. How about watching the original, Oscar-winning "Kon-Tiki" documentary? In addition to checking out the new film's official Facebook page, you can follow "Thor Heyerdahl" on Twitter or track the crew on Google Maps as they make their way across the Pacific. (How fun is that? C'mon, you know Thor would have tweeted if he could have!) If you're in Norway, check out the Kon-Tiki museum, which is one of Norway's most popular. And of course you can always watch the official trailer below. Enjoy!

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585.

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