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Respawn Time 10 days
Console Location Code(s)
IvarsteadExterior01, IvarsteadExterior02, IvarsteadExterior03, IvarsteadExterior04, IvarsteadExterior06
The Rift
Western edge of the Rift, at the base of the path to High Hrothgar
Special Features
# of Tanning Racks 1
# of Grindstones 1
# of Wood Chopping Blocks 1
# of Clay DepositsHF 1
# of Stone QuarriesHF 1

Ivarstead is a small milling town at the base of the Throat of the World.

It is on the shores of Lake Geir, with one of the forks of the Darkwater River powering the sawmill on its way to join the White River. The town consists of five buildings, with Shroud Hearth Barrow just to the east overshadowing the settlement. Some of the town's residents believe the barrow to be haunted; the innkeeper Wilhelm willingly tells you more. He runs Vilemyr Inn at the southern end of the town opposite Klimmek's house. To the north is Fellstar Farm opposite Temba Wide-Arm's sawmill, and across the river is Narfi's destroyed house.

It is a town in decline, with fewer travelers visiting since the haunting of the barrow began. Some residents fear for the town's survival, as many of the townspeople have either left for Riften or want to move away. Pilgrims and travelers often pass through the town on their way up the "7,000 steps" to High Hrothgar.

Ivarstead ResidentsEdit

Related QuestsEdit

Quests Starting HereEdit

Miscellaneous QuestsEdit

Quest Giver Giver Location Quest Objective(s) Requirement
Klimmek Klimmek's House Climb the Steps: Deliver a load of goods up to High Hrothgar for Klimmek.
  • Bring the supplies to High Hrothgar
  • Return to Klimmek
Narfi Ivarstead The Straw that Broke: Discover what is plaguing Narfi's mind.
  • Ask Wilhelm about Reyda
  • Locate Reyda's remains
  • Bring Reyda's Necklace to Narfi
Temba Wide-Arm Vilemyr Inn Grin and Bear It: Give ten bear pelts to Temba Wide-Arm.
  • Gather 10 bear pelts for Temba Wide-Arms [sic]
  • Return to Temba Wide-Arms [sic]
Wilhelm Vilemyr Inn Lifting the Shroud: Investigate the haunted barrow outside of Ivarstead.
  • Investigate Shroud Hearth Barrow
  • Bring Wyndelius's Journal to Wilhelm

Other QuestsEdit

Main QuestEdit

Dark BrotherhoodEdit

Side QuestsEdit

Miscellaneous QuestsEdit


  • If Hearthfire is installed, you can find one clay deposit southeast of Narfi's broken down house and one stone quarry west of it.
  • Ivarstead is marked on your map without anyone mentioning the town once you start the quest The Way of the Voice (from Balgruuf the Greater).
  • You can ask all residents except Narfi what they know about High Hrothgar.
  • After the main quest is completed, if you look up at the Throat of the World, you may see the dragon Odahviing flying around.
  • Ivarstead also appears in ESO.