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The glaciers of the Äpar massif

The Äpar massif from NE The Äpar massif from NE, July 28, 1998. (39 kB)

The Äpar massif is a compact high mountain massif between Pastavagge and Pierikjaure-Lietjitjaure in eastern Sarek, containing a number for Swedish conditions very sharp peaks. The highest peaks is Äpartjåkkå and Ruopsoktjåkkå (both 1914 m). The Äpar massif contains 10 glaciers, of which the three large all flows to the north.

Table over the glaciers of the Äpar massif with basic data

# Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
1. Pierikpaktejekna Cirque glacier 0.26 0.9 1170 1475 305
2. Pierikjekna Valley glacier 1.90 2.4 1155 1630 485
3. Nilas glaciär Cirque glacier 0.27 0.8 1340 1655 315
4. Mellantoppsglaciären Cirque glacier 0.45 1.2 1370 1690 320
5. Äparjekna Valley glacier 2.26 3.4 1170 1785 615
6. Ruopsokjekna Valley glacier 3.58 4.1 1145 1790 645
7. Ruopsokpaktejekna Cirque glacier 0.64 1.2 1275 1655 380
8. Alep Ruopsoktjåkkåjekna Cirque glacier 0.63 1.4 1320 1805 485
9. Lulep Ruopsoktjåkkåjekna Cirque glacier 0.76 1.8 1340 1840 500
10. Nuortap Ruopsoktjåkkåjekna Cirque glacier 0.14 0.7 1540 1745 205
Total 10.89


1. Pierikpaktejekna

Pierikpaktejekna from N Pierikpaktejekna from N, August 5, 1998. (40 kB)

Pierikpaktejekna (0.26 km2) is a small cirque glacier below Pierikpakte. At the turn of the 19th century it was continuos with the larger Pierikjekna. It seems not to have very many crevasses, but displays a wind channel 200 m long and 25 m deep. Even if the glacier is small it hardly is in any risk of disappearing, since it seems to be pretty thick for its size. The snow surplus of the latest years may have had some influence here.


2. Pierikjekna

Pierikjekna from N Pierikjekna from N, August 5, 1998. (69 kB)

Pierikjekna (1.90 km2) is the westernmost of the three major valley glaciers on the north side of the Äpar massif. In the beginning of the century it also included the now separate Pierikpaktejekna. The glacier has several crevasse zones, and a possible pass (1635 m) to Äparjekna in its upper part.


3. Nilas glaciär

Nilas glaciär (0.27 km2) is a small cirque glacier south of Nilas kam.


4. Mellantoppsglaciären

Mellantoppsglaciären (0.45 km2) is a cirque glacier west of Äpartjåkkå.


5. Äparjekna

Äparjekna from NE Äparjekna from NE, July 28, 1998. (65 kB)

Äparjekna (2.26 km2) is the middle one of the three major northern valley glaciers in Äpar. It is surrounded by savage peaks on all sides, but is itself relatively even and poor in crevasses. There is a possible passage (1635 m) to Pierikjekna in its upper part.

The snout of Äparjekna The snout of Äparjekna, July 29, 1998. (97 kB)

Äparjekna´s snout is divided in two parts, a northern and a southern one.

Äparjekna beneath Favoritkammen Äparjekna beneath Favoritkammen, July 29, 1998. (63 kB)


6. Ruopsokjekna

The lower part of Ruopsokjekna The lower part of Ruopsokjekna, July 29, 1998. (122 kB)

Ruopsokjekna (3.58 km2), the largest of the glaciers of Äpar, lies in the eastern part of the massif. It is a long, even valley glacier, that doesn´t seem to have very much crevasses. There is a pass (1650 m) to Pastavagge in its upper part. The snout ends in a little lake, where there existed a large ice cave during ther 1980s (melted away now). Don´t confuse it with´the much smaller cirque glacier with the same name in the Pårte massif.

Ruopsokjekna from N Ruopsokjekna from N, July 8, 1983. (56 kB)

There is more information about, and images of the ice cave at Olaf Svenningsen´s web site.

Ruopsokjekna in the evening Ruopsokjekna in the evening, July 29, 1998. (48 kB)


7. Ruopsokpaktejekna

Ruopsokpaktejekna from S Ruopsokpaktejekna from S, August 13, 1994. (46 kB)

Ruopsokpaktejekna (0.64 km2), a mid-size cirque glacier, lies in a deeply entrenched bowl between Ruopsokpakte and Ruopsoktjåkkå.


8. Alep Ruopsoktjåkkåjekna

Alep Ruopsoktjåkkåjekna (0.63 km2), a drawn-out cirque glacier, lies in a small valley on the south side of Ruopsoktjåkkå.


9. Lulep Ruopsoktjåkkåjekna

Lulep Ruopsoktjåkkåjekna (0.76 km2) is a cirque glacier lying in a shallow depression on the southeast side of Ruopsoktjåkkå.


10. Nuortap Ruopsoktjåkkåjekna

Nuortap Ruopsoktjåkkåjekna (0.14 km2), a little cirque glacier, lies on the east side of Ruopsoktjåkkå.


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