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Thor is the only person in history to have reached every country in the world completely without flying!
The project, named Once Upon A Saga, was initially planned to take just four years but ended up taking nearly a decade due to unforeseen challenges such as visa issues, political unrest, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 23rd 2023 Thor Pedersen reached the final country, Maldives, completing the project and claiming world history.
How it began
On October 10th 2013, at the age of 34 years, Torbjørn “Thor” Pedersen set out on an ambitious journey to become the first person in history to reach every country in the world completely without flying. He had nearly accomplished his goal when he got stuck in Hong Kong on January 28th 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic - with only nine island nations remaining! Holding out in Hong Kong for two years he was able to continue again and completed the project on May 23rd 2023 when he set foot on Male, Maldives.
Thor speaks about the unique adventures within the journey and considerations relating to the planning of a multi-year global project. The greatest challenges Thor has faced have always been related to bureaucracy and logistics, and as the project moved into its later years, extreme exhaustion.
Thor has over the years encountered grave danger in the form of drunken armed men as well as the high seas, with giant waves crashing in over the ship from all sides. He has slept on the street and dined in the homes of billionaires. Thor has been to every country in the world with armed conflict. He once had to take an 11,919 km detour, revisiting seven countries, traversing Baluchistan in Pakistan escorted by armed guards, and all because he was denied a visa while in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Life becomes unnecessary complicated without the luxury of flying.
- a documentary film featuring Thor Pedersen
Coming in 2024
"Like many, I was intrigued by Thor's story when I first heard about it. Since 2019 I've been following along and meeting up with him whenever possible. The more time I've spent with Thor, the more impressed I am by what he has accomplished. It is one of the most challenging adventures of our time and a monumental human achievement. Nobody has heard the real story. My intention is to bring it to light."
- Mike Douglas, filmmaker