Entries by Russ Nordstrand

Update from the field: Northern Lights

Well we’ve just wrapped up the first session of our Ultimate Northern Lights Photography trip. It was a bit cloudier than it usually in Fairbanks this time of year – also incredibly warm for winter in Alaska. Temperatures never really dipped into the negatives the whole week! Despite overwhelmingly cloudy skies we still managed three […]

Three Incredible New Trips for 2018!

I’m excited to announce the long-awaited addition of three new photographic itineraries for 2018. We’ve got some GREAT new trips in the line-up and as always… more are on the way soon! All three of these incredible adventures are based in Alaska and after much careful planning, scouting and scheming we’ve put together some great […]

Our Signature Bald Eagles of Alaska Photo Tour

One of the most interesting and photographically rewarding trips we offer at Backcountry Journeys is our signature Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Tour & Workshop. If you’ve ever wanted to head out and photograph Bald Eagles by the hundreds in their native environment this trip is for you. We’ve designed this expedition to coincide with […]

Trip Report: Glacier National Park 2017

Hey folks! We at Backcountry Journeys have been extra busy of late and have fallen behind on our Trip Reports. No time for apologies, lets get after catching up! How about our late August (25th – 30th) trip to Montana’s Glacier National Park?!? That was a GREAT one! We pick summertime for trips to Glacier […]

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, […]

A Week in the Mountains

This summer Crystal, Brutus (the dog) and I went for a week long backpacking trip in Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness in the high San Juan Mountains. I obviously packed my Canon 5DSR and a few lenses but it wasn’t really meant to be a photography trip – it was meant to be a walk in the […]

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 […]