Our Planet: Where is the David Attenborough Netflix documentary filmed?

Discover the stunning locations behind the amazing new nature series.

Sir David Attenborough is the gold standard for any nature documentary, so it was only going to be a matter of time until Netflix snapped him up for a series on the streaming service.

The first extended trailer for Our Planet has been released and it gives a sneak peek at some of the beautiful places the show will visit.

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Where will Our Planet visit?

Our Planet key art

So far, we’ve only had the briefest of details on where the documentary will take us, but keep checking back to find out more.

Our Planet has been four years in the making and has travelled the length and breadth of the globe to bring back incredible footage from 50 countries spanning every continent.

It features never-before-seen footage of a huge range of wildlife and natural habitats, while explaining why we need to do all we can to protect it.

Our Planet will focus on the world’s key biomes - icy frozen worlds, jungles, coastal seas, deserts and grasslands, high seas, freshwater regions and forests.

As the series moves from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America, every episode will feature something that viewers are sure to be seeing for the first time, with much of it never captured on camera before.

The first episode will travel from the Brazilian rainforest to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago to discover how each fragile habitat is connected and why they are all essential for life to thrive on this planet.

Behind-the-scenes filming

The Times went on a set visit with the Our Planet crew to Svalbard, where Attenborough's long-time collaborator Alastair Fothergill explained that the move from the BBC to Netflix was to achieve a new global audience for their message of conservation.

During filming in Svalbard, over several years, the crew discovered shocking footage that revealed a depleted seal population, which will in turn be terrible news for starving polar bears.

Our Planet - Behind the scenes

The article also reveals ceatures that were filmed in close-quarters include orcas, penguins, narwhals, bison and wildesbeast and explains how they captured footage of a vast glacier collapsing in Greenland at a speed twice as fast as 10 years ago.

Incredible filming techniques include using robotic cameras to shoot Siberian tiger, 4K drones capturing whales and their calves and the biggest gathering seen in 100 years of humback whalesoff the South African Cape Peninsula

The series will also feature a more upbeat story about Chernobyl with a close look at how the area has rewilded itself since 1986.

Who is helping to narrate the series?

Sir David Attenborough on Our Planet

Of course, Sir David Attenborough is at the helm of every episode, explaining as only he can why we all need to do more to preserve our planet.

He said: “All across our planet, crucial connections are being disrupted. What we do in the next 20 years will determine the future for all life on Earth.”

But Our Planet is a global series, so the documentary will feature local narrators in 10 languages including famous actors and Spanish speakers Penelope Cruz in Spain and Salma Hayek in Latin America.

Penelope said: “Being a part of Netflix's Our Planet is an incredible honour. The series is spectacularly beautiful and the message of conservation could not be more timely or important.

“I feel very close to everything Our Planet stands for and I'm proud to bring such a powerful piece of work to my home country and audiences around the world."

Salma added: “Our Planet transcends borders to deliver an inspiring message of wonder, respect and care for our natural world.

“I’m honoured to work with Netflix to help bring the series to those in my home country of Mexico, and to a Spanish-language audience throughout Latin America and the rest of the globe.”

Is there a trailer?

Nature documentary filming has advanced so much in recent years that the quality is now so high, you can almost believe you’re there in person.

Check out this first look at what’s to come in Our Planet with an extended trailer.

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