Being a sled dog handler as well as a local guide, Hannelore’s youth was characterized by an active outdoor life style. After graduating in 2009 with a Master in Dentistry at the University of Bergen she has been working in Norway as a general dental practitioner. In 2014, she attended the Norwegian Trekking Association’s summer tour leader course and has been leading several tours on a voluntary basis for the general public. In 2015, Hannelore took a sabbatical from her dental work in order to carry out a self-organized expedition where she successfully completed a 2986 km trekking alongside the remote and wilderness areas of the Norwegian border, which lasted over five months. Although she has plenty of arctic experience and has been to Greenland on board an expedition vessel, her only Antarctic experience so far has been through books and documentaries.