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The glaciers of the Jämtland mountains

Sylarna from N Sylarna from N, August 1, 1997. (75 kB)

The Jämtland (and Härjedal) mountains is a large mountain area in southern Jämtland and Härjedalen, with a few smaller high mountain massifs, of which 2 have glaciers. The highest peak within the area is Helagsfjället (1797 m), and there are 4 more 1700-meter peaks and 7 1600-meter peaks.

The Jämtland mountains contain a few small glaciers. In total there are 4 with a total area of 0.98 km2, 0.3 % of the glacier area of Sweden. All glaciers is of cirque type and vary between 0.08 and 0.49 km2.

Contents

  • Table over the glaciers of the Jämtland mountains with basic data


  • The glaciers of the Jämtland mountains, arranged after massif
  • The Sylarna massif
    The Helags massif

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


    Table over the glaciers of the Arjeplog mountains with basic data

    # Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
    1. Storsylglaciären Cirque glacier 0.32+ 0.7 1420 1660 240
    2. Tempelglaciären Cirque glacier 0.09 0.4 1405 1560 155
    3. Ekorrglaciären Cirque glacier 0.08 0.3 1355 1550 195
    Subtotal 0.49+
    4. Helagsglaciären Cirque glacier 0.49 0.6 1365 1675 310
    Subtotal 0.49
    Total 0.98+

    Plus sign after area value means that the glacier is larger, and that part of it lies in Norway. The number indicates the area on Swedish territory.


    The Sylarna massif

    Storsylglaciären from N Storsylglaciären from N, August 1, 1997. (62 kB)

    The Sylarna massif straddles the boder between Norway and Sweden. The highest peak is Storsylen (1762 m), 200 m into Norway, while the highest peak within the Swedish part is Templet (1728 m). The Swedish part of the massif contains 3 small glaciers, and there are 4 additional in the Norwegian part.

    1. Storsylglaciären

    Storsylglaciären from NE Storsylglaciären from NE, August 2, 1997. (119 kB)

    Storsylglaciären (0.32+ km2) is a cirque glacier under the precipice of Storsylen. It has shrinked substanitially earlier in the century, but has began advancing again during the last years.

    The icefall of Storsylglaciären The icefall of Storsylglaciären, August 2, 1997. (66 kB)

    This has resulted in the creation of a real icefall, where the tongue slides over a ledge. Elsewhere Storsylglaciären is pretty much crevassed as well.

    At the icefall of 
Storsylglaciären At the icefall of Storsylglaciären, August 2, 1997. (55 kB)

    Stereo image of the icefall of Storsylglaciären.

    2. Tempelglaciären

    Tempelglaciären (0.09 km2), a tiny cirque glacier, lies east of Templet. It seems to be virtually free of crevasses.

    3. Ekorrglaciären

    Ekorrglaciären (0.08 km2) is a very small cirque glacier south of Templet.


    The Helags massif

    Helagsglaciären from E Helagsglaciären from E, August 5, 1997. (56 kB)

    The Helags massif is an isolated high mountain massif in northernmost Härjedalen. Its highest peak is Stora Helagsstöten (1797 m), and it has one glacier.

    4. Helagsglaciären

    Helagsglaciären from S Helagsglaciären from S, August 4, 1997. (68 kB)

    Helagsglaciären (0.49 km2), a short but wide cirque glacier, is Sweden´s southernmost. Like other glaciers it has receded much during the 20th century, and risked being split up into two, but the last years it has began thickening again.

    Crevasse zone in Helagsglaciären Crevasse zone in Helagsglaciären, August 4, 1997. (97 kB)

    Helagsglaciären is a heavily crevassed glacier, probably primarly due to a very uneven bed. There are two nunataks as well.

    Ice laminae in Helagsglaciären Ice laminae in Helagsglaciären, August 4, 1997. (32 kB)

    Just by the opening to an ice cave at the southern snout of Helagsglaciären the ice had melted forth into thin laminae.


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