One of our readers by the name of Stephan van der Merwe kindly emailed me an account of how he obtained one of the best helmets in the game from a dungeon he stumbled upon during his travels through Skyrim.
The item in question is called the Helm of Yngol. It is a heavy helmet of little weight, a high protection value, and carries and enchantment that increases frost resistance by 30%.
Here is his story:
Can’t remember how I got this marker to appear on my map, but I
Upon entry, follow the caves until you reach a hall with three pillars
and a throne, and a locked gate. In front of the locked gate is a dead High Elf. Search him and collect the book “Notes on Yngol Barrow.” In the book will be a passage about whale in the water, eagle in the sky and snake in the weed. The three pillars have corresponding elements. The pillar with water flowing
around it should be the whale (first on the left, next to the throne) the pillar with some plants around it should be the snake (opposite the water pillar) and the pillar with a hole above it reaching to the sky should be the eagle (opposite the throne). Flip the switch and the gate opens.
Follow the passage until you reach a chamber with a narrow stone bridge crossing a pool of water. Under the bridge is a chest with some goodies (I found a garnet and some gold.) Go through the door on the other side of the bridge, follow the caves to another door. Beyond the door is a short passage with a gate and another treasure chest, hanging moss and burrial urns. To the left of this
passage is a chamber with some snowberries and a dwarven great sword. To the right of this “sword” chamber is another passage leading to a another chamber. Watch out for the pressure plate just before you enter into this chamber. At the bottom of this chamber is a passage to the right with a puzzle lock, use the Corral dragon claw on the lock, with the rings set to snake, wolf, moth. Beyond this door, Yngol’s Shade appears. Dispatch him and loot the chamber. Take the “Helm of Yngol” from the skeleton sitting on the throne in order to open the gate out of this chamber.
Climb the stairs and exit to Skyrim.
The entire cave, there were some strange lights that followed me, they got more and more as I progressed, but they don’t harm or attack you.
NOTE: I have looked into the dungeon and the item in question, and I would advise anyone who is interested in obtaining the Helm of Yngol to go there and do so before undertaking the Dungeon Delving [Winterhold] quest for the Jarl of Winterhold, for the reason that that quest will sometimes send you to Yngol Barrow and replace the Helm of Yngol with the quest item you are tasked to retrieve for the Jarl.
If anyone else has discovered something in Skyrim that they would like to share with the other users of this website, you’re welcome to get in contact with me. If what you report is accurate and useful, I’ll publish it.