How Long Does It Take To Walk Across Skyrim?

It was a chilly evening, and I found myself immersed in the world of Skyrim, controller in hand, surrounded by the soft glow of my gaming setup. As I wandered through the vast landscapes, a thought struck me – just how long would it take to walk across this digital realm? I mean, we’ve all had those moments in gaming where we’re hit with a burning curiosity, right? It’s like when you’re trying to find that last hidden star in Super Mario or that elusive Easter egg everyone’s been talking about.

I realized that many fellow gamers, just like you and me, might be pondering the same question. And so, I embarked on a quest, not just in the game, but in the real world, to find the answer. In this guide, we’ll dive deep into:

  • The actual time it takes to walk across Skyrim
  • Factors that can influence your journey’s duration
  • The impact of Skyrim’s diverse terrains on your walking speed
  • Comparing walking to other modes of transportation in the game

So, gear up, fellow adventurer! If you’ve ever found yourself lost in the vastness of Skyrim or simply curious about its intricacies, this guide is your trusty map. Ready to unlock this achievement? Let’s level up and dive right in!

How long does it take to walk across Skyrim?

Ah, the vast and enchanting world of Skyrim. A land of dragons, magic, and epic quests. But have you ever stopped to wonder just how long it would take to walk from one end of this expansive world to the other? Let’s embark on this virtual journey and find out.

According to a discussion on Reddit, the average time it takes to walk across Skyrim varies among players. However, a general consensus seems to be around 34 minutes of real-time ‘walking’. But I suspect this person was actually pressing the analog stick all the way forward, or just pressing ‘W’ on PC. This makes your character Jog not walk.

Based on my personal experience, I can support the claim that it is possible to cross the entire map of Skyrim horizontally. I did this about five years ago while playing on PC and it took me approximately 40 minutes. However, I was jogging the entire time, not walking.

A dedicated exploration on provides a far more accurate estimation of the time it might take to walk across Skyrim. At what feels like a snail’s pace, it took “How Big is the Map” nearly two real-life hours to slowly walk from the Southeast of Skyrim all the way up to the Northwest. But the journey is well worth it because Skyrim is a beautiful game when it wants to be!

You can watch the wonderfully meditative video below, which is two hours long. However, you can skip to different sections just to see the splendor of Skyrim.

While Skyrim might seem endless with its myriad of quests and adventures, in terms of sheer distance, it’s a walk that’s surprisingly doable. Imagine, in the span of a lunch break, you could walk from the snowy peaks of Winterhold to the dense forests of Falkreath. All in the space of two hours.

But, as any seasoned gamer knows, there’s more to a journey than just distance. Let’s dive deeper into the factors that can influence your trek across Skyrim.

What factors can affect the time it takes to walk across Skyrim?

Just like in any epic RPG, the journey is never as simple as going from point A to B. There are dragons to dodge, rivers to cross, and maybe a bandit or two wanting a piece of your gold. So, what are the in-game elements that might slow down (or speed up) your journey?

  • Terrain and Pathways: Skyrim is a land of diverse terrains. From the treacherous mountains of High Hrothgar to the swampy marshes near Morthal. Choosing a direct path might seem quicker, but it could lead you straight up a mountain!
  • Weather Conditions: Ever tried walking through a blizzard in Winterhold or a heavy rain in the Rift? Weather can significantly slow down your pace, making that 30-minute walk stretch out a bit longer.
  • Enemies and Wildlife: It’s not just the dragons you have to watch out for. Wolves, bears, and even the occasional mudcrab can prove to be unexpected obstacles.
  • Carry Weight: Just like in real life, the more you’re carrying, the slower you’ll move. If your inventory is filled to the brim with dragon bones and Daedric artifacts, you might find yourself moving at a snail’s pace.
  • Your Speed: In Skyrim, you have the option to travel at varying speeds. You can choose to walk, run, or sprint, each of which will move you at a different velocity and affect your travel time across the map.
Skyrim Castle
There are some wonderful sights to be seen across Skyrim.

The world of Skyrim is unpredictable. One moment you’re enjoying a peaceful stroll; the next, you’re dodging a dragon’s fiery breath. These factors can add precious minutes (or hours) to your journey.

Speaking of unpredictable terrains, let’s delve into how the varied landscapes of Skyrim can influence your walking speed.

How does the terrain type in Skyrim influence the walking speed?

Skyrim’s landscape is as diverse as its inhabitants. From snowy tundras to dense forests, each terrain type offers its own set of challenges. But how does each terrain type affect your walking speed?

  • Mountains and Hills: Skyrim is home to some of the most majestic mountains in gaming. But these beauties can be treacherous. Steep inclines can slow you down, and there’s always the risk of a deadly fall if you’re not careful.
  • Forests: While forests like those in Falkreath can offer shelter from the elements, they can also be a maze of trees and underbrush, making navigation tricky.
  • Swamps and Marshes: The marshy areas around Morthal are not only eerie but can also slow you down with their muddy grounds and hidden water pockets.
  • Snow and Ice: Northern areas of Skyrim are blanketed in snow and ice. While it’s a sight to behold, trudging through deep snow can be a real workout, slowing your pace considerably.
  • Water: Obviously, you can’t walk on water; you must swim through it. The velocity for swimming is different than the velocity for walking. Additionally, water has currents that can speed you up or slow you down. So, your best option may be to avoid bodies of water altogether.
Snow capped mountain and ruines. Skyrim
Snowy ruins sleep untainted by orc and elf, waiting for them to be discovered by you.

Each terrain type in Skyrim offers its own unique challenges. While some might slow you down, they also add to the richness of the journey, making every step an adventure.

Now, walking is great and all, but what if you’re in a hurry? Let’s compare walking to other modes of transportation in Skyrim.

How does the walking time in Skyrim compare to running or riding a horse?

In the world of gaming, time is of the essence. Especially when there’s a dragon threatening to turn Whiterun into a barbecue. So, how does walking compare to running or galloping on your trusty steed?

  • Running: Sprinting across Skyrim is like using a cheat code for speed. While it’s significantly faster than walking, it drains stamina. So, unless you’ve got a ton of stamina potions, you’ll find yourself walking again soon enough.
  • Riding a Horse: Horses are the Ferraris of Skyrim. Not only can they gallop faster than you can run, but they also don’t get tired. Plus, with a horse, you can scale steep terrains with ease. According to discussions on GameFAQs, riding a horse can cut your travel time by half or even more.
  • Fast Travel: While not a mode of transportation per se, fast travel is the quickest way to get around. But where’s the fun in that? Exploring Skyrim on foot or horseback offers experiences and sights you’d miss otherwise.

While walking gives you the full Skyrim experience, running and horseback riding are great options when you’re short on time or just want to feel the wind in your hair.

lush autumn forest skyrim
Skyrim can be a stunning game, welcoming the digital hiker to explore.

So, whether you’re on foot, sprinting, or riding into the sunset, Skyrim offers a journey like no other. Safe travels, Dragonborn!


Ah, what a journey we’ve embarked on together! From that initial spark of curiosity on a chilly evening to the vast expanses of Skyrim, we’ve traversed not just the digital realm but also the depths of our gaming curiosity. As we wrap up this quest, let’s take a moment to recap the epic loot we’ve gathered:

  • The average time to walk across Skyrim is around 34 minutes of real-time jogging.
  • The average time to walk across Skyrim is 2 hours.
  • Terrain, weather, enemies, and carry weight can influence your journey’s duration.
  • Skyrim’s diverse terrains, from mountains to marshes, impact your walking speed.
  • Walking, running, and horseback riding offer different experiences and travel times.
  • Fast travel is the quickest way around, but you miss out on the game’s beauty.
  • Your speed, whether walking, jogging, or sprinting, affects your travel time.

Remember that evening when I was lost in thought, wandering through Skyrim? It’s moments like those that make gaming such a magical experience. But our journey doesn’t end here. Ready for the next chapter? Dive into the “What Next?” section and keep the adventure going!

What Next?

I always believe that every gaming journey should leave you with something actionable, a quest to embark on or a challenge to conquer. So, here are some tasks to take on after our deep dive into Skyrim’s vastness:

  • Replay Skyrim: Experience the game again, but this time, take the scenic route. Walk, don’t run!
  • Document Your Journey: Start a gaming journal or vlog about your experiences and discoveries.
  • Challenge Yourself: Try to walk across Skyrim without any gear or weapons. Pure survival mode!
  • Engage with the Community: Join forums or Reddit discussions and share your findings or learn from others.
  • Mod It Up: Explore mods that enhance the game’s realism and see how they impact your travel time.

Now that you’re equipped with knowledge and actionable steps, it’s time to dive back into the world of Skyrim and make new memories. Fus Ro Dah!


Nick Sinclair

Nick Sinclair, a gaming aficionado since the Commodore 64 era, studied Creative Computer Games Design in university before founding his own gaming company. Discovering a passion for content creation, Nick now helps gamers squeeze every drop of fun out of their favorite gaming hardware

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