A guide to the prettiest locations in Skyrim

Some will claim that Skyrim, left un-modded, isn't pretty. We think that's nonsense. The tundra can get a bit old after a while, but the world of Skyrim is still beautiful and alive regardless of a few too many snow-swept plains and a couple blurry textures. To prove it, we created the video above to feature our favorite Skyrim locations in as much time-lapsey glory as possible. We call it: Koyaaniskyrim.

Alright, we did use a few modifications, but no swapping textures or anything like that. We edited the config files to increase the long-distance level of detail, and used console commands to free up the camera and mess with the time scale, but that's it. The tweak guide over at Dead End Thrills explains the config changes, and most of the console commands can be found at The Elder Scrolls Wiki.


  • MyCoolWhiteLies - January 24, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    Nice done. This is my favorite Skyrim Timelapse:
  • abhorerofmoppets - January 24, 2012 12:05 a.m.

    I love blood dragons
  • Craza - January 23, 2012 9:14 p.m.

    I've posted dozens of screenshots on Steam of some absolutely beautiful scenes in this game. There was one dungeon that looked soooo much like Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings and it floored me with its size and detail. This is the one game that I can truly say I am interested in every single place I came across. Even if I haven't played it for weeks, I still love every part of it. It's just amazing that the creators worked to make each dungeon and area unique. I never, ever came across an area that reminded me exactly of another area, and that shows real dedication.
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - January 23, 2012 7:17 p.m.

    get a new video player guys. it shouldn't take me three minutes to watch a 30 second ad and then another 5 minutes to watch half a video.
  • Weirdjedi - January 23, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    The video definitely was cool to watch. I was quite surprised that there wasn't one of my favorite spots in the video. Walking up the steps of High Hrothgar, viewing past Clearspring Tarn, or looking north towards the college from Journeyman's Nook. Kind of demonstrates how nice it is to visit the different areas in Skyrim.
  • lilspooky - January 23, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    Wow! Great job Mr. Wilde! Beautiful composition, you really captured the moment(s).
  • soma9999 - January 23, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Glad to see some love for Blackreach. That was my absolute favorite area and I lingered there for much longer than necessary or reasonable.
  • Hobogonigal - January 24, 2012 2:31 a.m.

    I remember my first time there as well. I probably should have been more accurate with my Unrelenting Force shout and not hit the big orb on the ceiling... That was a surprise.

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