Mette Eliseussen

Expedition leader on M/S Linden

Mette has spent decades living in and traveling through some of the world’s most remote regions, and she was speaking English, German, Spanish and Norwegian before she turned 18. She studied political science, sociology, and anthropology in Oslo, Norway, as well as in Peshawar, Pakistan, and Melbourne, Australia. For a few years, Mette worked as a manager in an Oslo Publishing house. From 1990 to 1997, she lived in the heart of the Afghan Wars as the program manager for Save the Children, which added a fifth language, Persian, to her repertoire. Many international programs involving women, children, and micro-credit in areas of conflict, as well as some 20 popular safe playgrounds in mine-contaminated areas of Kabul, Afghanistan have been designed and implemented by Mette. She co-founded the Afghan Campaign to Ban Landmines and was part of the team that won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for banning landmines.

Since then, Mette has been active in creating a new international treaty to ban cluster bombs and is currently spearheading the international efforts to get the Pacific island nations to join the treaty. Part of this is researching if and how explosive remnants of WW2 affects contaminated Pacific Islands. Through this work, she created a passion for nonfiction writing and film editing. Mette loves Excel and anything that helps her keep organized. She has been a wilderness guide for over ten years in the Arctic and Antarctic. A keen naturalist who enjoys learning and sharing her passion for flora, fauna and the natural world, Mette has recently developed a deep interest in wild edible plants, and planetary physics