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The glaciers of the Luotto massif

The Luotto massif from SE The Luotto massif from SE, August 18, 1994. (84 kB)

Luottomassivet is a high mountain massif between Sarvesvagge, Njåtjosvagge, and Luottolako in southern Sarek. The highest peak is Ryggåsberget (1946 m), and the high valleys Luottovagge-Jeknavagge and Tjågnårisvagge split the massif. The massif contains 5-8 glaciers (depending on how you count).

Table over the glaciers of the Luotto massif with basic data

# Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
1. Alep Luottojekna Cirque glacier 0.34 0.9 1310 1700 390
2. Luottojekna Glacier complex 7.60 4.6 1080 1890 810
2a. of which Nuortap Luottojekna Valley glacier 3.27 3.6 1080 1725 645
2b. of which Årjep Luottojekna Ice cap 1.23 2.2 1350 1835 485
2c. of which Östra Svenonius glaciär Ice cap 0.99 2.3 1275 1890 615
2d. of which Västra Svenonius glaciär Valley glacier 2.11 2.5 1255 1760 505
3. Nuortap Tjäkkokjekna Cirque glacier 0.48 1.0 1300 1615 315
4. Årjep Tjäkkokjekna Ice cap 0.54 1.1 1425 1760 335
5. Lulep Tjäkkokjekna Cirque glacier 0.20 0.5 1235 1450 215
Total 9.16


1. Alep Luottojekna

Alep Luottojekna (0.34 km2) is a cirque glacier on the north side of Svenonius toppar. It is pretty steep and has some crevasses.


2. Luottojekna

Luottojekna (7.60 km2) is the continuos (even if it is not plotted as so on the mountain map) ice field encircling Ryggåsberget, not as a nunatak, but almost. It is divided into four ice streams: Nuortap Luottojekna, Årjep Luottojekna, Östra Svenonius glaciär, and Västra Svenonius glaciär.

2a. Nuortap Luottojekna

Nuortap Luottojekna (3.27 km2) is the largest part of the complex, a valley glacier flowing down towards Sarvesvagge. East of Ryggåsberget you can get over to Årjep Luottojekna via the glacier pass there (1560 m). Also west of this mountain you can get across a low ridge to Västra Svenonius glaciär, here at an altitude of ca 1655 m. Nuortap Luottojekna has rather prominent crevasse zones. There is plotted an ice-free string between Ryggåsberget and Luottotjåkkå on the mountain map, when in reality there is no such thing.

2b. Årjep Luottojekna

Årjep Luottojekna from 
Lullihatjåkkå Årjep Luottojekna from Lullihatjåkkå, August 16, 1994. (52 kB)

Årjep Luottojekna (1.23 km2) is an ice cap east of Ryggåsberget. A glacier pass at 1560 m leads over to Nuortap Luottojekna, and the glacier is also continuos with Östra Svenonius glaciär to the southwest. The ice seems poor in crevasses.

2c. Östra Svenonius glaciär

Svenonius glaciär from 
Palkattjåkkå Svenonius glaciär from Palkattjåkkå, August 17, 1994. (52 kB)

Östra Svenonius glaciär (0.99 km2) is the smaller part of the glacier named after the geologist Fredrik Svenonius. It is an ice cap, and it is continuos with both Årjep Luottojekna to the north and Västra Svenonius glaciär in the west. It seems to be basically free of crevasses.

2d. Västra Svenonius glaciär

Västra Svenonius glaciär from 
SW Västra Svenonius glaciär from SW, August 19, 1994. (220 kB)

Västra Svenonius glaciär (2.11 km2) is a valley glacier between Jeknatjåkkå and Ryggåsberget. There is a pass leading to lower Jeknavagge in the upper parts at ca 1570 m, and another, across a low ridge (1655 m) to Nuortap Luottojekna. In the eastern parts it is continuos with Östra Svenonius glaciär. Along the southwest flank of Ryggåsberget Svenonius glaciär also displays the longest wind channel in Sweden, 1300 m long and 40 m deep.

Västra Svenonius glaciär from 
SE Västra Svenonius glaciär from SE, August 19, 1994. (254 kB)

Svenonius glaciär is a rather heavily crevassed glacier, in particular down towards the tongue, where a true icefall is formed.

The icefall in Västra Svenonius 
glaciär The icefall in Västra Svenonius glaciär, August 19, 1994. (66 kB)

The icefall in Svenonius glaciär is very spectacular; the ice both falls down steeply and is twisted around at the same time, shattering into sharp ice towers.


3. Nuortap Tjäkkokjekna

Nuortap Tjäkkokjekna from 
E Nuortap Tjäkkokjekna from E, August 19, 1994. (57 kB)

Nuortap Tjäkkokjekna (0.48 km2) is a mid-sized cirque glacier east of Tjäkkok in Jeknavagge. It seems to be relatively thick for its size, and displays some crevasses.


4. Årjep Tjäkkokjekna

Årjep Tjäkkokjekna (0.54 km2) is an ice cap on the east slope of Tjäkkok.


5. Lulep Tjäkkokjekna

Lulep Tjäkkokjekna from E Lulep Tjäkkokjekna from E, August 19, 1994. (57 kB)

Lulep Tjäkkokjekna (0.20 km2) is a small cirque glacier on the east side of Tjäkkok, above Luottovagge. It has shrunk much, but still has a number of crevasses.


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