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The larger glaciers of Jotunheimen

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Jotunheimen is the largest and highest high mountain area in Norway, roughly the same size as Sarek in Sweden. It lies between the Lomsdalen valley to the north, Fillefjell in the south, the Sognefjell to the west and the forest land in the east. The area contains about 90% of all peaks higher than 2000 m in Norway, with the highest peak Galdhøpiggen (2469 m), the highest mountain in Norway, and the almost as high snow summit of Glittertind (2464 m).

Jotunheimen contains many glaciers, among whom some pretty large. The area has alpine relief with jagged peaks and sharp ridges, so the majority of the glaciers are of valley and cirque type, with only a few ice caps. The precipitation is fairly high in the western part, even if it is lower than in Breheimen farther to the west, but eastern Jotunheimen has a continental climate with relatively small amounts of precipitation.

Contents

  • The larger glaciers of Jotunheimen, arranged after district


  • Table over the glaciers of Jotunheimen larger than 5 km2 (glacier complexes treated as one unit)


  • Table over the glaciers of Jotunheimen larger than 5 km2 (glacier complexes divided into ice streams)

  • (For the interested, information concerning classification, naming, and measurements.)


    The larger glaciers of Jotunheimen, arranged after district

    Western Jotunheimen
    Western Jotunheimen
    Eastern Jotunheimen
    Eastern Jotunheimen


    The glaciers of Jotunheimen larger than 5 km2

    (Glacier complexes treated as one unit)

    Name Area (km2) Type District
    1. Smørstabbreen 16.65 Glacier complex Western Jotunheimen
    2. Ymelsbreen 12.18 Glacier complex Western Jotunheimen
    3. Memurubreen 12.18 Glacier complex Eastern Jotunheimen
    4. Glittertindbreen 9.91 Glacier complex Eastern Jotunheimen
    5. Veobreen 9.40 Valley glacier Eastern Jotunheimen
    6. Urdabreen 7.96 Glacier complex Western Jotunheimen
    7. Austre Memurubreen 6.76 Valley glacier Eastern Jotunheimen
    8. Fannaråkbreen 6.63 Glacier complex Western Jotunheimen
    9. Styggebreen 5.33 Valley glacier Western Jotunheimen
    10. Storbreen 5.19 Valley glacier Western Jotunheimen
    11. Svellnosbreen 5.11 Valley glacier Western Jotunheimen


    The glaciers of Jotunheimen larger than 5 km2

    (Glacier complexes divided into ice streams)

    Name Area (km2) Type Glacier complex
    1. Veobreen 9.40 Valley glacier Veobreen
    2. Vestre Memurubreen 8.81 Ice cap Memurubreen
    3. Bøverbreen 7.82 Ice cap Smørstabbreen
    4. Austre Memurubreen 6.76 Valley glacier Austre Memurubreen
    5. Tverråbreen 5.63 Valley glacier Tverråbreen
    6. Styggebreen 5.33 Valley glacier Styggebreen
    7. Storbreen 5.19 Valley glacier Storbreen
    8. Svellnosbreen 5.11 Valley glacier Svellnosbreen


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    Last updated: March 17, 2001 Unless otherwise specified; text, tables, photographs, maps and other graphics © 1999-2001 Gunnar Ljungstrand
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