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The glaciers of the Pårte massif

The Pårte massif from E The Pårte massif from E, July 24, 1989. (55 kB)

The Pårte massif is an extensive high mountain massif between Njåtjosvagge-Pårekslätten and Luottolako-Lullihavagge. The peaks encircle the mighty Pårtejekna, the highest of them being Pårtetjåkkå (2005 m). The Pårte massif contains 8 glaciärer, among which the largest separate one in Sweden.

Table over the glaciers of the Pårte massif with basic data

# Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
1. Saitarisjekna Cirque glacier 0.74 1.1 1300 1735 435
2. Ruopsokjekna Cirque glacier 0.24 0.7 1450 1685 235
3. Palkatjekna Valley glacier 2.82 2.3 1285 1800 515
4. Tvillingrygglaciären Cirque glacier 0.29 0.8 1420 1660 240
5. Alep Lullihajekna Cirque glacier 0.71 1.4 1375 1930 555
6. Lulep Lullihajekna Cirque glacier 0.30 0.9 1290 1650 360
7. Pårtejekna Valley glacier 11.17 5.4 1080 1870 790
8. Pårekjekna Cirque glacier 0.28 1.1 1270 1530 260
Total 16.55


1. Saitarisjekna

Palkatjekna and Saitarisjekna from W Palkatjekna and Saitarisjekna from W, August 19, 1994. (69 kB)

Saitarisjekna (0.74 km2) is a cirque glacier west of Saitaristjåkkå. On the mountain map it is plotted as two, but in reality they are continuos. It is steep and heavily crevassed, particularly the upper part.


2. Ruopsokjekna

Ruopsokjekna from SW Ruopsokjekna from SW, August 21, 1994. (74 kB)

Ruopsokjekna (0.24 km2) is a small cirque glacier southeast of Saitaristjåkkå, not to be confused with the much larger glacier with the same name in the Äpar massif. It seems to be fairly free of crevasses. There is a high pass leading to Palkatjekna in its upper part (1670 m).


3. Palkatjekna

Palkatjekna from N Palkatjekna from N, August 15, 1994. (80 kB)

Palkatjekna (2.82 km2) is a pretty large complex valley glacier on the west side of the Pårte massif. The glacier is basically crevasse-free, except for the upper parts. There is a high pass leading to Ruopsokjekna at ca 1670 m in the southern part, and it may also be possible to get across to Pårtejekna from the eastern part; pass altitude 1710 m. The southern part of the northern accumulation area is incorrectly plotted on the mountain map; in reality the ice extends all the way to the mountain wall.


4. Tvillingrygglaciären

Tvillingrygglaciären from 
E Tvillingrygglaciären from E, August 16, 1994. (84 kB)

Tvillingrygglaciären (0.29 km2) is a small cirque glacier to the north of Tvillingryggen that seems to be basically free of crevasses. Next to it there is a high but easy pass leading to Pårtejekna at some 1650 m.


5. Alep Lullihajekna

Alep Lullihajekna from NE Alep Lullihajekna from NE, July 24, 1989. (96 kB)

Alep Lullihajekna (0.71 km2) is a small cirque glacier north of Lullihatjåkkå. It is steep and fairly rich in crevasses, and its upper part extends almost all the way up to the double summit of Lullihatjåkkå.


6. Lulep Lullihajekna

Lulep Lullihajekna from NE Lulep Lullihajekna from NE, July 24, 1989. (64 kB)

Lulep Lullihajekna (0.30 km2) is a small cirque glacier on the northeast side of Lullihatjårro. It ends in a small lake, and is poor in crevasses.


7. Pårtejekna

Pårtejekna from Skierfe Pårtejekna from Skierfe, July 26, 1989. (44 kB)

Pårtejekna (11.17 km2), the greatest separate ice stream of Sweden, is a mighty complex valley glacier. It has three large accumulation areas, of which the southern is complex in itself. There are three passes: from the northern accumulation area across to Tvillingrygglaciären (1650 m), from the middle one to Palkatjekna at an altitude of 1710 m (difficult), and from the tongue to the south across the Pårtetjåkkå ridge towards Tjeuramåske (1610 m). At the turn of the century the small Pårekjekna was a part of Pårtejekna. Just to the east of Palkattjåkkå and north of the Observatorium the ice contour is incorrectly plotted on the mountain map.

Pårtejekna from S Pårtejekna from S, August 18, 1994. (262 kB)

The tongue of Pårtejekna is more than 2 km wide and has a pretty gentle slope. This results in it being almost entirely free of crevasses, but there are crevasse zones in the upper parts, especially where the middle accumulation area spills out of its cirque. As a whole however, Pårtejekna is poor in crevasses.

Pårtejekna with the wind channel Pårtejekna with the wind channel, August 17, 1994. (65 kB)

Right south of Palkattjåkkå there is an up to 20 m deep and 800 m long wind channel.

Dirt cone on Pårtejekna Dirt cone on Pårtejekna, August 16, 1994. (103 kB)

Pårtejekna displays many different surface forms on its tongue; meltwater streams, moulins and dirt cones. The latter only have a layer of sand and gravel a few cm thick. The rest is ice, which because of the insulating action of the gravel hasnīt melted.

Ice layering in Pårtejekna Ice layering in Pårtejekna, August 16, 1994. (94 kB)

You can also clearly see different types of layering in the ice.


8. Pårekjekna

Pårekjekna (0.28 km2) is a small cirque glacier in the northwesternmost cirque of Pårektjåkkå. Earlier in the century it was continuos with Pårtejekna. It consists of two parts, which are almost disconnected from each other; just the northern part is displayed on the mountain map.


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