Star Trek: Discovery is back but just where was the show filmed? Check out Star Trek: Discovery’s season 3 filming locations.
After a shaky start and somewhat of an identity crisis, Star Trek: Discovery has become a real force to be reckoned with in the world of sci-fi TV.
Most notably in its newly arrived third season which sees the crew of the USS Discovery arrive over 900 years in the future after a cliffhanger time jump at the end of season 2.
The new season begins by focusing on the character of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) as she arrives alone on a desolate and dark planet.
The location where Michael finds herself has certainly caught fans’ attention but just where was Star Trek: Discovery season 3 filmed and what filming locations were used to capture such a unique setting as episode 1’s mysterious new planet?
Star Trek: Discovery season 3
Star Trek: Discovery season 3 arrived on CBS All Access in the US on October 15th and Netflix here in the UK on October 16th.
The new season follows the dramatic cliffhanger of season 2 which saw the USS Discovery embarking on a seemingly one-way trip, 900 years into the future.
The story picks up from that climactic time jump as the Discovery’s crew must acclimatise themselves to this new time where the galaxy is in disarray and the Federation has been scattered.
Star Trek: Discovery season 3 filming locations
- Star Trek: Discovery season 3 was filmed in Iceland and Toronto, Canada.
Filming on season 3 began in July 2019 on location in Iceland.
Following the location shoot, production moved to Toronto, Canada where studio filming began at Pinewood Studios in Toronto as well as Kingston Penitentiary in Ontario.
Filming on season 3 wrapped in February 2020 according to TrekMovie.com before post-production on the series was delayed due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Producer Alex Kurtzman on Filming in Iceland
In a discussion with TrekCore.com in October 2019, Star Trek producer Alex Kurtzman said: “Well, obviously we jumped to the future, and so we wanted a place that looked very different.
“I’ve wanted to shoot in Iceland for a really long time, so we looked at a bunch of different options and Iceland turned out to be doable — so we did it!”
While Iceland may be regarded as a location with lots of ice and glaciers, as seen when Game of Thrones has filmed there, the island is effectively a big volcano with more than 30 volcanoes actually located there.
As a result, much of Iceland is made up of dark volcanic rock and basalt and is covered in green moss and grass and it’s these locations where Star Trek: Discovery used to film.
Similar locations can be seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the video game Death Stranding, the world of which was based on Iceland.