• Landscape & Wildlife Photography
    Tours & Workshops

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

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  • Great Smoky Mountains in Autumn

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Asheville, North Carolina

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  • Yellowstone & Grand Teton in Autumn

    Photography Tour & Workshop – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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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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  • 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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Featured Trip

Yosemite Fall Colors

  • October 30th to November 4th, 2017
  • $2950

Yosemite National Park is reminiscent of names like John Muir and Ansel Adams. It is an icon of American Mountain Scenery and one of the world’s first National Parks. The beauty and history of this place is unparalleled from the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the mirror-like Merced River as it courses through Yosemite Valley.

This is a unique opportunity to photograph and hike Yosemite during the spectacular fall color season. Yosemite is one of the most unique natural wonders on our planet and provides jaw dropping opportunities for landscape photography, waterfalls, rainbows and wildlife! The light is soft in the fall and the colors are vibrant making for superb landscape photography opportunities. We schedule this trip in late fall to take advantage of Yosemite Valley’s brilliant foliage when it is turning red and gold.

Join us this Fall on our lodge-based Photography Workshop and leave with some of the best photographs of your life!

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.

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Two Weeks in Yellowstone

This May I had the fortune to spend two whole weeks in Yellowstone National Park with some great people. We explored the park on foot and by vehicle with the goal being to spend as much time as possible photographing wildlife, thermal features and the great wild ecosystem that is Yellowstone. Yellowstone has an average […]

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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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.

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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!

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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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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

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.

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

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