• Landscape & Wildlife Photography
    Tours & Workshops

    Stunning Locations. All-Inclusive. Expert Instruction. Top-Rated on TripAdvisor.

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  • Yellowstone in Winter

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Bozeman, Montana

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  • Ultimate Northern Lights

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Fairbanks, Alaska

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  • Bald Eagles of Alaska

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Homer, Alaska

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  • Wildlife of Costa Rica

    Photography Tour & Workshop – San Jose, Costa Rica

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  • Brown Bears of Katmai

    Photography Tour & Workshop – King Salmon, Alaska

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Bozeman, Montana

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  • Yosemite Fall Colors

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Yosemite, California

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  • Glacier National Park

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Whitefish, Montana

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  • The Big Island of Hawaii

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

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  • Canyons of Utah:
    Zion & Bryce

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Saint George, Utah

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Brand-New Itinerary!

Ultimate Northern Lights

  • March 12th to 19th, 2017
  • March 19th to 25th, 2017
  • $3495

Clear skies, dark nights and prime location make Fairbanks, Alaska one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights. On our Ultimate Northern Lights Photography Tour & Workshop we take you NORTH to one of the absolute BEST locations in the world –  to view and photograph the Aurora Borealis. Fairbanks boasts the clearest night skies in Alaska and it’s prime location directly underneath the Auroral Oval make it second to none as a destination for photographing the Northern Lights!

Join us this winter on our seven-day lodge based Photography Workshop that will leave you with dazzling images of the Aurora.

Photography Seminars

Jumpstart into Landscape & Wildlife Photography

A Full-Day Seminar on Mastering the fundamentals of EXCELLENT digital photography

Ready to step up your photography? Join Landscape & Wildlife Photographer Russ Nordstrand for a full-day crash course on Digital Photography in your very own home town!

This is a one-day course for those who are ready to explore the full potential of their new DSLR camera and move beyond the realm of point and click into the realm of true photography.

For the full schedule and to learn more please click here.

Latest News

Trip Report: Waterfalls of Havasupai

Well hello everyone – sorry it’s been so long from the last post! It’s been a long month – I’m just back from Yellowstone (pics and posts to come soon!) but it was due time to share this trip report from our excellent photography adventure to Havasu Falls this spring! We had excellent weather and […]

Photography Tours & Workshops

Photo: BCJ Owner & Photo Guide Russ Nordstrand

“Backcountry Journeys offers an incredible selection of both Lodge-Based and Wilderness Camping Photography Tours & Workshops. My trips offer guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens with landscape and wildlife photography being the focus. I run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tour & Workshop itineraries with locales varying from year to year. Destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier National Park, Yosemite & the Canyons of Utah. New trips and itineraries are being added all the time so check back often!”

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With a consistently proven track record Backcountry Journeys has achieved a 5-Star Rating of Excellent on Trip Advisor. Read about what past guests have to say about my Photography Tours & Workshops on the world’s leading travel review website. You can read reviews of my past Photography Tours & Workshops on Trip Advisor.

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Daily Hawk-tography

Backcountry Journeys offers daily “Hawktography” tours in Flagstaff, Arizona. These three hours sessions focus solely on photographing high quality images of wild Red-Tailed Hawks in their native habitat. Click for details!

Fine Art Prints

All images are printed on infused Aluminum using sublimation techniques which feature rich, clear colors, incredible detail and life-like sharpness. Russ Nordstrand Fine Art Prints can be purchased as the image alone or with a modern flush frame and are available in several different sizes, including custom enlargements. All editions come with a certificate of authenticity (COA) hand-signed by the artist to certify the print is genuine.

Learn More about Fine Art Prints by clicking here!

Upcoming Tour Destinations

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Join us in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula this winter and photograph a bewildering array of birds, monkeys, sloths, cats, dart-frogs and more! Based out of a deluxe, modern eco-lodge known for it’s local population of Scarlet Macaws!

  • February 18th to 24th, 2018
  • $3495

Canyons of Utah: Zion & Bryce

Canyons of Utah: Zion & Bryce

  • November 6th to 11th, 2017
  • $2795

Discover the heart of canyon country through your lens on this photographic excursion into Zion and Bryce National Parks. We’ll explore the delicate and colorful slot canyons of Zion National Park as well as the ancient weather-worn hoodoo rock formations of Bryce Canyon. We’ve timed this excursion to coincide with the brilliant Autumn foliage change within Zion Canyon in the Fall. Russ has been hiking & photographing in Southern Utah for well over a decade and has designed this itinerary to arrive at just the right moment for ideal lighting conditions and photographic opportunities. Click here for more info!

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