Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere.
Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, energized landscapes and peak moments of adventure. He has accumulated an audience of over one million followers to become a globally recognized social influencer.
Burkard is often central in synthesizing the creative projects he is involved in, across stakeholders. His holistic and visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, appear as a TED speaker, develop specialty product lines, teach national and international photography workshops and publish a collection of books, including a children’s book. Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his full-scale production studio and art gallery near his hometown in Central Coast California.
At the age of 36, Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influencer, accomplishing a prolific portfolio, connecting people from around the world and producing some of the most recognized creative work of our time.
Chris Burkard joins us on the VIMFF stage for a deep dive into his Icelandic bike adventures.
Chris has been lucky enough to travel all around the globe, but something special about Iceland keeps drawing him back (he’s visited over 50 times!).
From pioneering new bike packing routes, visiting remote mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls and surf breaks – Iceland has a lot to offer people looking to go off the beaten path with their bikes.
Chris will join us on stage for a fireside chat, as well as screening two of his short films from Iceland:
A film documenting a new route bikepacking through Iceland’s rugged and remote interior. Traversing from the furthest West to the furthest East, self-supported. More than a film, this trip explores the idea of how creating a route can create not just an intimate experience, but a story. One that can be shared with those who follow, ultimately drawing them closer to the landscape and their fellow travelers
In early September 2021, adventurer and photographer Chris Burkard traveled to Iceland to cycle an adapted version of the Westfjords Way, an incredible new touring route through some of Iceland’s most remote parts. Chris and his friends cycled over 1000km (650 miles) through winding fjords and remote villages in the super-scenic northwest corner of the country.