Entries by Russ Nordstrand

Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic

  It is with great excitement that we are announcing the latest in our line-up of Photography Tours & Workshops: Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic! Join us in the fall next year to photograph the King of the Arctic up-close and personal. This trip takes us to the Northern most reaches of the Alaska National […]

Brand New: Trip Difficulty Ratings

We listened to your feedback and we are excited to announce a brand new series of departures for several of our classic photography trips. Many of our photography tours & workshops are now available in two versions: a standard version for those with a strong interest in photography but aren’t necessarily interested in hiking and […]

Brown Bears of Katmai 2017

Here are some of the first images from our Brown Bears of Katmai Photography excursion(s) in September of 2017. Many more to come – these were the first to catch my eye after going through the nearly 2500 images I took during 12 days in the field. We ran three separate trips this year and […]

Great Smoky Mountains in the Fall

As late August approaches and summer winds down in many parts of country – fall starts to appear in the higher elevations and mountains ranges. I run several trips to photograph the fall colors in order of appearance – starting with the Brown Bears of Katmai in September (Alaska) and then moving on to Yellowstone, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bristol Bay Salmon & the Katmai Bears

One of my most popular Photography Trips is to head up to Alaska and visit the Brown Bears in Katmai National Park. This incredible journey takes us into the extremely remote Alaskan Peninsula which is completely inaccessible by road. The only access into this pristine wilderness is by small float-plane. Alaska is home to 98 […]

Trip Report: Canyons of Utah

Just back from another successful Backcountry Journeys trip to the canyons of Southern Utah. We explored Zion and Bryce National Parks as well as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The weather cooperated very nicely for a landscape oriented photography adventure. We had broken cloudy skies most of the type and even some dramatic snow-storm conditions. […]

Backpacking Alaska’s Katmai National Park

Last August Crystal and I took a group of nine hardy souls on an epic backpacking trip across Alaska’s Katmai Range. The route we took led us from the Valley of 10,000 Smokes across Katmai Pass to the Pacific Ocean on the far side of the range. It was about a 50-mile hike through a […]

Alaskan Bald Eagles

I’ve just returned from a great trip to Alaska. The weather was beautifully clear for Coastal Alaska in March. It snowed one day but there clear, sunny skies the rest of the time. It was a great photo shoot as I was able to capture some cool images of the Northern Lights near Fairbanks (next […]

Historic Lodges of Zion & Bryce

One of the best parts about my job is getting to travel all over the place and experience not only the natural and wild beauty of the world but also some of the most interested lodges and hotel properties. When putting together new trip itineraries I spend quite a bit of time exploring local accommodations […]

Just Married!

We’re just wrapping up with a three week stay on the island of Kauai where Crystal and I ran a backpacking trip along the Na Pali Coast, hiked the same trail with a group of our friends and then we had a wedding. Yep – we’re married now! Thanks to Keven, Ann, John & Mike […]