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The glaciers of Padjelanta

Virihaure from W Virihaure from W, July 13, 1983. (64 kB)

Padjelanta is a vast mountain area to the southwest of Kebnekaise, west of Sarek, and north of Sulitelma. To Padjelanta I here, apart from the National Park (excepting the southernmost part), also count the mountain area up to Sitasjaure and the border with Norway. There are isolated smaller high mountain massifs scattered across the area, of which 7 have glaciers. The highest peak within the area is Alitåive (1584 m), and there are 4 additional 1500-meter peaks.

Padjelanta contains relatively few and small glaciers. In total there are 13 with a combined area of 4.98 km2, 1.7 % of the glaciated area of Sweden. Of the glaciers 5 are of cirque type and 8 are ice caps.

Contents

  • Table over the glaciers of Padjelanta with basic data


  • The glaciers of Padjelanta, arranged after massif
  • The Juovva massif
    The Pauke massif
    The Kitje massif
    The Alit massif
    The Raut massif
    The Rako massif
    The Ala massif

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


    Table over the glaciers of Padjelanta with basic data

    # Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
    1. Alep Juovvajekna Ice cap 0.20+ 0.4 1100 1360 260
    2. Lulep Juovvajekna Ice cap 0.26+ 0.7 1210 1415 205
    Subtotal 0.46+
    3. Paukejekna Ice cap 0.39+ 0.7 920 1125 205
    Subtotal 0.39+
    4. Skuokejekna Cirque glacier 0.12 0.4 930 1100 170
    5. Kitjejekna Ice cap 0.37+ 0.6 1240 1355 115
    Subtotal 0.49+
    6. Alep Alitjekna Cirque glacier 0.63 0.7 1160 1460 300
    7. Lulep Alitjekna Cirque glacier 0.24 0.6 1345 1570 225
    Subtotal 0.87
    8. Rautjekna Cirque glacier 0.60 1.1 1135 1560 425
    9. Alep Jållejekna Cirque glacier 0.14 0.4 1205 1345 140
    10. Lulep Jållejekna Ice cap 0.12 0.5 1215 1320 105
    Subtotal 0.86
    11. Kuoutelisjekna Ice cap 0.46 0.8 985 1150 165
    12. Rakojekna Ice cap 0.92+ 1.2 930 1170 240
    Subtotal 1.38+
    13. Alajekna Ice cap 0.53 1.0 1170 1380 210
    Subtotal 0.53
    Total 4.98+

    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 Juovva massif

    The Juovva massif is a long lower massif along the border with Norway NE of Sitasjaure. The massif contains two glaciers, and its highest point is Alep Juovvatjårro (1481 m).

    1. Alep Juovvajekna

    Alep Juovvajekna (0.20+ km2) is a small ice cap on the north side of Alep Juovvatjårro.

    2. Lulep Juovvajekna

    Lulep Juovvajekna (0.26+ km2) is a small ice cap on the east side of Alep Juovvatjårro.


    The Pauke massif

    The Pauke massif is a small massif on the border with Norway west of Sitasjaure. Its highest point (Isfjellet, inside Norway) is only 1437 m, but the massif is still fairly glaciated. On the Swedish side there is one glacier.

    3. Paukejekna

    Paukejekna (0.39+ km2) is a tongue reaching out from a medium-size ice cap, which extends into Sweden. The total area including the Norwegian part is 3.20 km2. The glacier reaches down to 920 m, a very low altitude.


    The Kitje massif

    The Kitje massif lies south of the Pauke massif, along the border with Norway west of Sitasjaure. On the Norwegian side there is the very large ice cap Kitjejekna (Gihccejiekna), a little of which extends into Sweden. Two glaciers lie on the Swedish side.

    4. Skuokejekna

    Skuokejekna (0.12 km2) is a small cirque glacier under the north precipice of Skuoketjåkkå. In the latest edition of the mountain map it is no longer plotted.

    5. Kitjejekna

    Kitjejekna from Kallaktjåkkå Kitjejekna from Kallaktjåkkå, August 10, 1986. (51 kB)

    Kitjejekna (0.37+ km2) is the small Swedish part of the great (in total 28.81 km2) Norwegian ice cap with the same name. This one (the Swedish part) has disappeared from the mountain map as well.


    The Alit massif

    The Alit massif is a small compact high mountain massif between Sitasjaure and Kätsak. Its highest peak, Alitåive, is 1584 m and it has two glaciers.

    6. Alep Alitjekna

    Alep Alitjekna (0.63 km2) is a fairly substantial cirque glacier in Alitåive.

    7. Lulep Alitjekna

    Lulep Alitjekna from
KallaktjåkkåLulep Alitjekna from Kallaktjåkkå, August 10, 1986. (39 kB)

    Lulep Alitjekna (0.24 km2) is a small cirque glacier on the east side of Alitåive. It ends in a little lake.


    The Raut massif

    The Raut massif is an extensive mountain massif reaching higher altitude just in the northwest. The massif lies between Valtajåkkå-Akkajaure and Sieperjåkkå-Vuojatätno, and its highest point is Rautåive (1578 m). There are three glaciers in the massif.

    8. Rautjekna

    Rautjekna (0.60 km2) is a pretty large cirque glacier on the north side of Rautåive. The glacier is fairly steep, and ends in a small lake.

    9. Alep Jållejekna

    Alep Jållejekna (0.14 km2) is a small cirque glacier on the north side of Stuora Jålle.

    10. Lulep Jållejekna

    Lulep Jållejekna (0.12 km2) is a small ice cap on the north side of Stuora Jålle.


    The Rako massif

    The Rako massif (or Flatkölen) lies along the border with Norway west of Virihaure and Vastenjaure. Its highest peak is Kuoutelistjåkkå (1327 m), but the area is still fairly heavily glaciated because of the copious winter precipitation. There are two glaciers on the Swedish side.

    11. Kuoutelisjekna

    Kuoutelisjekna (0.46 km2) is an ice cap on the east slope of Kuoutelistjåkkå.

    12. Rakojekna

    Rakojekna (0.92+ km2) is a rather large ice cap on Rakotjåkkå. Most of it lies in Norway, but a tongue extends into Sweden down to an altitude of 930 m. The glacier is said to be relatively free of crevasses.


    The Ala massif

    The Ala massif is a small high mountain massif in southern Padjelanta, right to the west of Sarek. The highest peak is Alatjåkkå (1572 m), and there is one glacier.

    13. Alajekna

    Alajekna from SE Alajekna from SE, July 11, 1983. (65 kB)

    Alajekna (0.53 km2) is an ice cap south of Alatjåkkå.


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