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The glaciers of the Sälka massif

The Sälka massif from E The Sälka massif from E, August 11, 1990. (55 kB)

The Sälka massif is a high mountain masif between Tjäktjavagge, Tsutsavagge, the border with Norway and Alesvagge in western Kebnekaise. The highest peak is Sälkatjåkka (1865 m) and the massif contains 3 glaciers, one of which is very special.

Table over the glaciers of the Sälka massif with basic data

# Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
1. Nuortap Sälkajekna Rock glacier 0.18 0.7 1200 1530 330
2. Kaska Sälkajekna Ice cap 0.93 1.3 1175 1580 405
3. Årjep Sälkajekna Cirque glacier 1.86 2.6 1000 1790 790
Total 2.97


1. Nuortap Sälkajekna

Nuortap Sälkajekna (0.18 km2) is somting as uncommon as a rock glacier, on the north side of the Sälka massif. From distance it looks like just a rock slope, with strange curved rock ridges however. In reality there is a respectable amount of ice deep down in the rock mass, enough for it to move extremely slowly down the slope. The velocity it displays makes an ordinary glacier look fast in comparison. This is the only independent rock glacier in Sweden, even if some ice-cored terminal moraines (at other glaciers) in steep slopes display rock glacier-like structures. The glacier is not plotted on the mountain map.


2. Kaska Sälkajekna

Kaska Sälkajekna (0.93 km2) is an ice cap on the north side of Sälkatjåkka.


3. Årjep Sälkajekna

Årjep Sälkajekna from E Årjep Sälkajekna from E, June 20, 1981. (52 kB)

Årjep Sälkajekna (1.86 km2) is a large cirque glacier on the east side of Sälka. Its middle part is relatively even and crevasse-free, but there is an icefall down on the tongue, and the steep ice chute up towards the summit is heavily crevassed. This is the glacier that reaches lowest altitude in the Kebnekaise mountains.


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