Pelin was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. Growing up in a very big city, she was amazed by the stories she read about the adventures of early explorers and mountain climbers who traveled to the most remote places in the world. Her love of the outdoors has taken her to so many wonderful places in the world; from the Himalayan Mountains to the Amazon rainforests. Pelin finally settled in Chilean Patagonia in 2013 where she worked as an outdoor guide leading multi-day hiking and wildlife trips. Her interest in Polar Regions was kindled when she first traveled to Antarctica on board OceanNova. In other words, she caught the Polar Fever. Pelin holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of Leiden. She especially is interested in Polar Exploration history and loves to share her knowledge with the guests.