Welcome to Backcountry Journeys Photography Tours & Workshops

All-Inclusive Landscape & Wildlife Adventure Photography Trips

Backcountry Journeys Photography Tours & Workshops offer you a seamless adventure travel experience where we handle the details so you can focus on photography. Our world-class service and small groups allow for a personalized experience that allows you plenty of one on one time with your instructor. Backcountry Journeys offers lodge-based Photography Tours and wilderness camping trips as well as daily photo tours in the most pristine and remote mountains, deserts and wilderness areas of the world. We meticulously research and tirelessly scout every visually stunning destination to ensure you get the best possible experience from the moment you arrive. Russ shares with you his wealth of experience photographing landscapes & wildlife all over the world, and through the years has discovered off the beaten path locations that are usually reserved for locals. At times we work with local guides who live in the regions we visit and can provide exclusive access to some excellent photographic opportunities. 

Joining a Backcountry Journeys Photography Tour is embarking on the trip of lifetime. Really. All of our locations are hand selected by Russ Nordstrand to provide you with unique one of a kind photographic experiences. It’s like no other kind of journey – on our tours you may find yourself waiting for that magical dawn on a cold, dark morning in Yosemite to photograph El Capitan at first light with mist rising from the valley. Or you might be working on capturing translucent rainbows in the sprays of Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park – it’s up to you!

Backcountry Journeys Photography Tours & Workshops are all-inclusive and include meals, lodging, ground transportation while on the tour, National Park entrance fees, guide fees and other items essential to a successful trip – meaning that once your there all you have to worry about is your experience.

Our trips give you more time in the field to work on your photography while getting personalized instruction from your guide as we’ve got the logistics handled. We focus on the quality of the experience and the photography. That means that we don’t rush anything and if the light is right you get to stay and keep shooting rather than rush on to the next planned stop on the itinerary. We keep it flexible so that you get the experience you want. 

Backcountry Journeys is set apart by our commitment to offer the finest outdoor photography travel experience in the industry. What does that mean? It means we are dedicated to bringing you an unsurpassed travel experience with impeccable attention to detail. We’ve got you covered from the moment you first contact us, to our fine-tuned photographic itineraries, the excellent lodging we select for our trips and our goal of ensuring you are at the right place at the right time. We’re in the business of making it easy for you.

The intentional decision to remain a small independent business with a focus on being the best means that our trips grow more cohesive each year. It means we don’t cut corners and our service remains world-class as an owner operated business. When you reserve a trip with Backcountry Journeys you know you’re purchasing quality as you know the level of effort, care and attention to detail poured into every Tour & Workshop. You also know that you’ll be getting the same tour leader year after year and although we use local guides on some of our trips – Russ Nordstrand will be your instructor on every trip.  After all, our reputation is our most important asset and our consistency in delivering amazing experiences speaks volumes as our guests return year after year to photograph new & different locations.

Unlike many companies our trips are designed exclusively for landscape & wildlife photographers. We tirelessly scout our locations and constantly update our collection of trips and our itineraries. Russ spends an amazing amount of time in the field to ensure you’re getting the most well researched photography experience. For example, at the time of this writing he has hiked over 6000 miles in Grand Canyon alone!

Backcountry Journeys is in the business of providing not just Photography Tours but vacations where you will leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Take a look at our trips this year and join us for some excellent photography in wild places, great food, comfortable lodging and some fun laughs after a long day in the field!