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The glaciers of the Ruotes massif

The Ruotes massif from SE The Ruotes massif from SE, Juli 30, 1998. (53 kB)

The Ruotes massif is a high mountain massif between Kuopervagge and Ruotesvagge-Sierkavagge in northern Sarek. The mountain peaks are more gently sculpted than in the rest of Sarek, and the highest is Skarjatjåkkå (1804 m). The massif is split by the valley Påisavagge. The Ruotes massif contains 10 to 13 glaciers (depending on how you count).

Table over the glaciers of the Ruotes massif with basic data

# Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
1. Alep Låutakjekna Ice cap 0.13 0.3 1220 1320 100
2. Lulep Låutakjekna Ice cap 0.39 0.4 1140 1300 160
3. Alep Ruotesjekna Glacier complex 1.95 2.7 1065 1500 435
3a. of which Alep Ruotesjekna Ice cap 0.87 1.1 1325 1500 175
3b. of which Lulep Ruotesjekna Ice cap 1.08 2.1 1065 1500 435
4. Årjep Ruotesjekna Glacier complex 8.13 5.6 1005 1705 700
4a. of which Årjep Ruotesjekna Valley glacier 5.91 4.7 1005 1600 595
4b. of which Sjelmajekna Valley glacier 1.99 2.3 1140 1685 545
4c. of which Sjelmatjåkkåjekna Ice cap 0.23 0.6 1520 1705 185
5. Kuoperjekna Cirque glacier 0.73 1.2 1170 1495 325
6. Alep_Kaskatjåkkåjeknaa Cirque glacier 0.52 1.1 1265 1700 435
7. Lulep_Kaskatjåkkåjekna Cirque glacier 0.69 1.4 1250 1740 490
8. Alep Skarjajekna Ice cap 0.51 0.7 1560 1735 175
9. Lulep Skarjajekna Cirque glacier 0.26 0.8 1180 1450 270
10. Påisajekna Cirque glacier 0.57 1.1 1390 1670 280
Total 13.88


1. Alep Låutakjekna

Alep Låutakjekna (0.13 km2) is a small ice cap (possibly dead ice) north of Låutaktjåkkå. The glacier is not plotted on the mountain map.


2. Lulep Låutakjekna

Lulep Låutakjekna (0.39 km2) is an ice cap not plotted on the mountain map. It lies north of Låutaktjåkkå and has a prominent terminal moraine.


3. Alep Ruotesjekna

Alep Ruotesjekna (1.95 km2) is an ice cap complex northwest of Ruotestjåkkå. The glacier was earlier in the 20th century continuos with Årjep Ruotesjekna both west and east of Ruotestjåkkå, which then therefore was a nunatak. The glacier is divided into two parts: Alep Ruotesjekna to the west and Lulep Ruotesjekna to the east. The ice is probably poor in crevasses.

3a. Alep Ruotesjekna

Alep Ruotesjekna (0.87 km2) is the westwards moving part of the ice cap.

3b. Lulep Ruotesjekna

Lulep Ruotesjekna (1.08 km2) is the eastern part of the ice cap.


4. Årjep Ruotesjekna

Årjep Ruotesjekna (8.13 km2) is a rather large valley glacier complex, which is divided in Årjep Ruotesjekna, Sjelmajekna, and Sjelmatjåkkåjekna. The complex at the turn of the 19th century was continuos with Alep Ruotesjekna longer to the west, with Ruotestjåkkå as a nunatak.

4a. Årjep Ruotesjekna

Årjep and Alep Ruotesjekna from 
N Årjep och Alep Ruotesjekna from N, July 20, 1989. (112 kB)

Årjep Ruotesjekna (5.91 km2), a large valley glacier, constitutes the largest part of the complex. It is relatively free of crevasses, even though there are some in the upper parts, and offers two passes: one glacier pass leading to Sjelmajekna at 1510 m and a pass to the west south of Ruotestjåkkå at ca 1530 m. The eastern part of the glacier tongue is incorrectly plotted on the mountain map. A several hundred years old ackja (a Lappish sledge) melted out of Årjep Ruotesjekna in the end of the 1960s.

4b. Sjelmajekna

Sjelmajekna from Axel Hambergs Topp Sjelmajekna from Axel Hambergs Topp, August 3, 1998. (55 kB)

Sjelmajekna (1.99 km2) is a medium-sized valley glacier on the south side of the Ruotes massif. In its upper parts it is pretty much crevassed, and is connected to Årjep Ruotesjekna by a glacier pass (1510 m).

4c. Sjelmatjåkkåjekna

Sjelmatjåkkåjekna (0.23 km2) is a small ice cap on the south side of Sjelmatjåkkå. It is not plotted on the mountain map.


5. Kuoperjekna

Kuoperjekna (0.73 km2) is a rather large cirque glacier east of Kuoper.


6. Alep Kaskatjåkkåjekna

Alep Kaskatjåkkåjekna (0.52 km2) is a cirque glacier in Påisavagge north of Kaskatjåkkå. It was formerly continuos with Lulep Kaskatjåkkåjekna.


7. Lulep Kaskatjåkkåjekna

Lulep Kaskatjåkkåjekna (0.69 km2) is a cirque glacier in Påisavagge north of Skarjatjåkkå. Not a very long time ago it was continuos with Alep Kaskatjåkkåjekna.


8. Alep Skarjajekna

Alep Skarjajekna (0.51 km2) is an ice cap on the south side of Skarjatjåkkå.


9. Lulep Skarjajekna

Lulep Skarjajekna from SE Lulep Skarjajekna from SE, August 4, 1998. (43 kB)

Lulep Skarjajekna (0.26 km2) is a small cirque glacier on the east side of Skarjatjåkkå. It seems to be fairly poor in crevasses.


10. Påisajekna

Påisajekna (0.57 km2) is a cirque glacier on the north side of Påisatjåkkå.


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