Erlend grew up in Norway, where he from an early age became acquainted with various outdoor sports and pursuits. His love for nature and the great outdoors lead him to pursue a career that allowed him to learn more about the way our actions affect Mother Earth.

While pursuing a PhD in Arctic climate dynamics, Erlend spent many months living, studying, and conducting research in Svalbard and Alaska. 

These interests led him to take on an extraordinary challenge and become the deputy director of Pole to Paris, the climate awareness campaign. As part of this campaign, Erlend ran 2500 km from Tromsø, Norway to Paris, France in the fall of 2015, while making information on climate change more accessible to the general public through talks, events, and personal interactions along the way.