Being a sled dog handler as well as a local guide, Hannelore’s youth was characterised by an active outdoor life style. Since graduating from the University of Bergen in 2009 with a Master in Dentistry, Hannelore has been working as a general dental practitioner. In 2014, she attended the Norwegian Trekking Association’s summer tour leader course and since then, has been leading several tours on a voluntary basis. In 2015, Hannelore took a sabbatical from her dental work to carry out a self-organised expedition where she successfully completed a 2986km trek over a five month period along remote and desolate areas of the Norwegian border. From the Arctic, she went south to the Antarctic, working for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as Port Lockroy Assistant during the 2016/17 season. Hannelore will be working in the Canadian High Arctic on board an expedition vessel as a sea kayak guide this summer before returning to Port Lockroy as Base Leader for the 2017/18 season.