About the Characters
The crew members that Thor asked to join him on the Kon-Tiki were young and restless. World
War II had just ended, and many didn't know where life would now lead them. They agreed to
take part in a dangerous journey to a place they had never been, with people they didn't know.
Each had different reasons for jumping aboard: curiosity, desire to travel, desperation,
boredom - but all shared a tremendous spirit of adventure.
THOR HEYERDAHL (Pal Hagen)
Our handsome, ruthless leader. Won't take no for an answer, but has an Achilles heel - he can't
HERMAN WATZINGER (Anders Baasmo Christiansen)
An engineer home from the war, desperate for adventure. Thor's daring sidekick.
TORSTEIN RAABY (Jakob Oftebro)
Carefree and blue-eyed, Torstein mans the raft's radio and keeps a pet parrot aboard.
KNUT HAUGLAND (Tobias Santelmann)
A fearless war hero with a dark secret, which comes to light on the voyage.
ERIK HESSELBERG (Odd-Magnus Williamson)
Thor's childhood friend, a gifted artist. His loyalty is tested to the limit.
BRENGT DANIELSSON (Gustaf Skarsgard)
A Swedish red-bearded scientist, a deft hand with a film camera.
LIV HEYERDAHL (Agnes Kittlesen)
Thor's beautiful wife Liv who stayed behind in Lillehammer to care for their sons.
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