Kon-Tiki2 Expedition

Kon-Tiki2 got its name because we seek to double-down on Thor Heyerdahl's famous voyage by sailing two rafts from South America to Polynesia and then back! No one has done this in modern times, and we will prove that it can be done. It's an unparalleled voyage of survival, science and exploration.

Did early Polynesians and the First Americans really evolve in splendid isolation from each other? Or was there a pattern of contacts linking the coastal part of the Inca Empire and the people who erected the mysterious standing stone heads of Easter Island? For centuries, this was one of the enduring mysteries of the ancient world. 
There is no doubt that the South Americans possessed the maritime skills and technology to sail from South America to Polynesia. What remains unknown, however, is whether they could have returned. Likewise, while we know that the Polynesian people used canoes and rafts for the settlement of the Pacific, nobody knows whether they had vessels robust enough to make the daunting voyage to South America. But that's about to change.  The KonTiki2 Expedition will set sail in November 2015 and the Thor Heyerdahl Institute are proud to sponsor the expedition.

Did early Polynesians and the First Americans really evolve in splendid isolation from each other? Or was there a pattern of contacts linking the coastal part of the Inca Empire and the people who erected the mysterious standing stone heads of Easter Island? For centuries, this was one of the enduring mysteries of the ancient world. 

There is no doubt that the South Americans possessed the maritime skills and technology to sail from South America to Polynesia. What remains unknown, however, is whether they could have returned. Likewise, while we know that the Polynesian people used canoes and rafts for the settlement of the Pacific, nobody knows whether they had vessels robust enough to make the daunting voyage to South America. But that's about to change. The KonTiki2 Expedition will set sail in November 2015 and the Thor Heyerdahl Institute are proud to sponsor the expedition.

  • Trawling for plastics

    Plastics in our modern societies are an almost fundamental commodity of daily life. In order to improve the quality of materials that we use – for example to pack our food – we need to understand...

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  • Interview with the captain

    See the interview with captain Signe Meling on Kon-Tiki II on the Norwegian news channel TV2Nyhetskanalen. Monday 15.2.2016. 

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  • 40° South

    February 18th: In a milestone event, the Kon-Tiki2 Expedition crossed into the roaring 40s today. No balsa raft has been this far south in modern times, and the crew is celerbrating the event.

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  • Science update

    The crew on R/V Rahiti Tane (RT) have used Pacific weather to deploy their instruments over board. Footage of abundant nocturnal plankton right under the hull (if the term applies appropriately) of...

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  • Extracting life from the sea

    (2016-02-04) Low winds can bring the morale down because they extend our time to reach land. However, they also give the crew on Rahiti a scientific scenario. Plankton, species that are transported...

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  • 2450 meters

    (2016-01-29) Today the crew on R/V Rahiti Tane sent the Sperre Deepbot camera and the CTD to 2450 meters below the raft. Winds were unsuitable for sailing, and the sail was therefore lowered. 

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  • Start of the second voyage

    The second leg and return voyage of the Kon-Tiki II Expedition has started.

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  • A warm welcome

    While we are waiting for the right weather conditions and the rafts to set sails, expedition leader Torgeir Higraff wants to specify the incredible welcome and friendliness of the residents on Rapa...

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  • Launch time is set

    The Kon-Tiki2 Expedition is ready to set sails for South America! Launch time: 4pm (GMT-5): 4 January 2016

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  • Include the ocean in climate negotiations

    Most people are familiar with the fact that temperatures on our planet have increased for decades. But not all know the impact this has on the ocean.  

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  • What the Ocean would have said

    Dear delegates, dignitaries, ladies and gentlemen.  It is a great honor to be given the floor at the 21st Conference of the Parties here in Paris – a meeting of enormous consequences for Earth, its...

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  • Reports from the South Pacific

    November 21st, Dagbladet published an article about the Kon-Tiki expedition 2015.

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  • Installations under water

    November 2015. The three-stage sampler from NIVA is a big water pump which uses massive amounts of energy (raft scale). It floats on the side of the raft while it pumps exactly 15.000 litres of wat...

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  • Tracking our rafts

    November 2015. The Kon-Tiki2 website has a little map on the left side of its homepage, showing the progress of the Kon-Tiki2 rafts.

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  • Status from Kon-Tiki2

    November 20th 2015. The Kon-Tiki2 Expedition sails two rafts, from South America to Easter Island. Roundtrip. The rafts are Rahiti Tane and Tupac Yupanqui. 

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  • NIVA's three-stage sampler

    November 15th, the Kon-Tiki2 Expedition deployed an advanced three-stage sampler in the South Pacific. The goal of the operation is to detect plastic fragments of varying sizes.

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  • Kon-Tiki2 leaves Peru

    November 7th, The Kon-Tiki2 expedition left Peruvian shores for its journey to Easter Island. An expedition filled with scientific research and experimental archeology has started!

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  • Press Conference in Peru

    The Kon-Tiki2 expedition met the press at the SIMA shipyard in Lima today. Expedition leader Torgeir Higraff explained how the expedition would contribute to environmental research, as well as...

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  • Raft building in Peru

    Click here to see the video of the raft building in Peru.

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