Skyrim:Northwind Mine

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Northwind Mine
(view on map) (lore page)
# of Zones 1
Clearable Yes (bugged)
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days
Level Min: 12
Important Treasure
The Death Blow of Abernanit
Console Location Code(s)
NorthwindMineExterior01, NorthwindMineExterior02, NorthwindMine01
The Rift
Northwest of Shor's Stone
Southeast of Mistwatch
Ore Veins
# of Iron 3
Northwind Mine

Northwind Mine is a small iron mine on the northern side of Northwind Summit.

To find the mine, start from Shor's Stone and follow the path north out of the settlement. After passing Shor's Watchtower on the right, a set of steps will be seen on the left. Follow the path up the steps to the entrance of the mine.

Related Quests[edit]

Northwind Mine[edit]

The mine has two access points, one south and one up the mountain to the north. It is inhabited by skeletons. If you are entering from the bottom, southern end of the mine, you will find a very steep incline going down into the mine. At the bottom are some skeletal remains, an abandoned handcart filled with rocks, and an iron ore vein. The mine shaft climbs upward again into the main chamber. Here two skeletons are patrolling on the wooden scaffolding. Up the ramp just inside the entrance, to the left, is an unlocked chest under the supports. To the right, just within the lantern glow, is a knapsack. The table on the east wall, at the base of the second ramp, holds a copy of the Block skill book The Death Blow of Abernanit. Between the two ramps, against the west wall is a second iron ore vein. Head up the second ramp and through a narrow passage to the top of the mine. Just before the passage widens, notice a tripwire that triggers a falling boulder trap. It is easy to disarm from this side, however, as the rocks fall into the room rather than down the passage. The last skeleton is patrolling in this area. Another iron ore vein is on the west wall, illuminated by lantern light. The passage narrows once more and turns east leading out to Northwind Summit.


  • PC Version 1.2.6 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch changes the interior iron ore veins to ebony ore, swapped with Redbelly Mine which the residents of Shor's Stone describe as an iron mine.
  • There is a corundum ore vein outside the mine, at the bottom of the step path leading to it. After that, you may be attacked by a pair of leveled animals on the steps to the mine. If you have Hearthfire installed, there is also a quarry west outside the entrance. There are alchemy ingredients, such as snowberry and imp stool, directly east outside the entrance.
  • Northwind Mine also appears in ESO.


  • A satchel under the scaffolding does not open and cannot be searched.
  • If you fast travel to the mine entrance, followers may spawn with their feet encased in rock.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.2.6 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • They may not be able to follow you even after you zone into the mine, and you may need to move them to you via console.
    • Using Unrelenting Force on the follower will knock them off the rock and allow them to follow you.
  • Fast traveling while on horseback may cost you a horse. You spawn fairly high next to a rock face, and the resulting fall can kill your horse. ?
  • None of the creatures here are tagged as a boss, which prevents the location from being marked as cleared.
  • Northwind Mine isn't marked as a cave, so cave-based radiant quests won't target it.