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ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 23, 2017

Most of what we pour our heart & soul into goes unnoticed. Lost in an endless thumb scroll of beautiful & inspiring images or funny memes. But occasionally you have to just tell people to Stop.. take a second, and stare. Because the effort requires it. . . The story is always the same.. a beautiful landscape that's being threatened. But this time around I realized that after shooting these rivers for years & years the lingering question is always, "what am I looking at?" So I aimed to bring scale to these otherworldly landscapes. We chased down a yellow piper cub from 2,000 ft above... quickly banking left & right to stay in a sort of formation while my jet-lagged stomach felt like it was about to hurl at every G-force turn. My assistant & I occasionally glanced at each other with a slight smirk & head shake knowing that our dream of pulling this off was coming to life. The cameras couldn't keep up with how much we wanted to push the shutter... and after a awhile our fingers would go completely & totally numb. . . To learn more about Europes last great wilderness and how you can protect Iceland's highlands check out . Eternal thanks to my good friend for making this come to life for me. Excited to share the story over time.

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 22, 2017

Some peoples travel dream consists of a really nice hotel surrounded by people they don't know in a place they have only read about in brochures & magazines. I've been there... and yah the food is great & wifi is strong, but the novelty tends to wear off really fast. Took me a few years of my life to realize there is alternate ways to travel & sometimes the best experiences you will have can be right near your own backyard. . .

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 21, 2017

Sliding into the first day of summer. . .

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 21, 2017

Night light.

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 20, 2017

Music is everything. It was the single hardest part of editing our film & in the end the most expensive part. Mainly because we knew it would either make it or break it and we didn't want to settle. We wanted to create a mood and hopefully capture the audible feeling of the landscape as well as we did visually. For those asking for the "Under An Arctic Sky" soundtrack ... it's now available via a Spotify playlist - in my bio link. . . For those who mentioned how much the music moved them I can't express how much that means to me and the team. We wanted to use artists that had been inspired by the location as much as we were and we hope it comes through.

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 20, 2017

I'll bet that if you've ever traveled California in a VW bus it was a memorable journey... albeit slow & probably extremely frustrating at times. I think at a certain point you embrace it & cant imagine going any faster, as if it's calibrated to move at the perfect speed to soak it all in. After that everything else just feels like rushing.

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 19, 2017

Cold & extremely wet.. that's the best way to describe it. I can't even count the amount of times I slipped and fell In mud. Moisture would freeze before you could wipe it off. The sound of the water deafening any chance of talking or hearing really anything else... and your eyes are constantly fixed on the sky waiting for any change of color. I love these intimate experiences where all your senses are demanded & seem to be on high alert. This is maybe the most honest portrait of what's it's like to be in the moment shooting. . .

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 18, 2017

The best way I've found to make an experience like this last is to share it with others. ____ Tonight in Iceland we premiere my film 2 years in the making where it alll began. It's a special night for me. Come join us in ISAFJORDUR - June 18- 6pm REYKJAVIK - June 19 - 7&9pm Tickets and details in my bio link or

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 17, 2017

When I looked down at the Ruth Glacier for the first time I was baffled. It's hard to wrap your head around how something with such perfect shape & balance can exist in such a big landscape. ___ Some of my favorite photographers.. (many whom you may follow ) teamed up to create a limited edition set of prints with where 100% the proceeds go back to protecting the places we love. It's called, "One for Our Land" and its ending Monday. This photo is my contribution. Check it out at or for details

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 16, 2017

The wind finally turned favorable for a little bit of sailing yesterday. Our humble vessel transformed into a full blown pirate ship and we headed straight to my favorite arch. This quick iPhone snap shared with a tiny bit of cell service gives you a peak into what I have been up to this week. Sharing my love for this place with my photography workshop students is one of my favorite ways to spread awareness of these wild places. _____

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 15, 2017

For salt water to freeze it needs to be a water temp of 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Conditions like these take dedication.. with ice forming on your wetsuit hood and around your face you know it's cold. The water is really never that bad.. it's the air outside that will get you . -10 with windchill. The tale of this legendary session can be seen in my new film, "Under an Arctic Sky." . Premiering in ICELAND next: ISAFJORDUR /June 18 - 6pm REKYJAVIK / June 19 - 7&9pm Tickets in my bio link or

ChrisBurkard @chrisburkard Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 14, 2017

Finally stood in place I have dreamt of visiting for years. High above the sea on the cliffs of Hornstrandir nature reserve we could see our tiny ship in the distance. A colony or birds flew overhead and a breeding ground for Arctic foxes at our feet. For a split second the pending storm didn't seem to bother us. Limited cell service makes it kinda special to me to share something as it happened... in the moment.. with all the feelings still raw.