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The glaciers of the Skårki massif

The Skårki massif from SE The Skårki massif from SE, July 25, 1989. (48 kB)

The Skårki massif is an extended high mountain massif between Pastavagge and Rapadalen-Vassjavagge in eastern Sarek. The highest peak is Midtji Skårki (1842 m). Four valleys extend into the massif: the leading-through valley Snavvavagge, and the dead end valleys Jilavagge, Såbbevagge and Skaitatjvagge. Skårki contains 13 or 14 glaciers (depending on how you count).

Table over the glaciers of the Skårki massif with basic data

# Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
1. Alep Såbbejekna Cirque glacier 0.34 0.8 1335 1540 205
2. Lulep Såbbejekna Valley glacier 0.93 1.6 1165 1595 430
3. Pastaskaitatj-jekna Cirque glacier 0.28 0.8 1330 1625 295
4. Alep Pastajekna Glacier complex 3.87 4.1 1090 1705 615
4a. of which Alep Pastajekna Valley glacier 3.12 3.2 1090 1705 615
4b. of which Skårkijekna Valley glacier 0.75 1.6 1290 1610 320
5. Svirjajekna Cirque glacier 0.45 1.4 1205 1565 360
6. Lulep Pastajekna Valley glacier 1.61 2.7 1195 1715 520
7. Alep Vassjajekna Valley glacier 1.62 2.3 1280 1725 445
8. Lulep Vassjajekna Valley glacier 1.17 1.7 1395 1700 305
9. Alep Vassjalåptåjekna Ice cap 0.21 0.7 1430 1680 250
10. Lulep Vassjalåptåjekna Ice cap 0.20 0.5 1445 1660 215
11. Takarjekna Cirque glacier 0.13 0.4 1250 1415 165
12. Nuortap Vassjatjåkkåjekna Cirque glacier 0.60 1.1 1190 1540 250
13. Årjep Vassjatjåkkåjekna Cirque glacier 0.16 0.5 1355 1505 150
Total 11.57


1. Alep Såbbejekna

Alep Såbbejekna (0.34 km2) is a small cirque glacier below Såbbetjåkkå.


2. Lulep Såbbejekna

Lulep Såbbejekna from N Lulep Såbbejekna from N, July 30, 1998. (66 kB)

Lulep Såbbejekna (0.93 km2) is a small valley glacier in the innermost Såbbevagge. It seems to be fairly free of crevasses, but seems to have gained some in thickness in the latest years. The eastern part of the glacier tongue is incorrectly plotted on the mountain map; in reality it covers the whole width of the valley.


3. Pastaskaitatj-jekna

Pastaskaitatj-jekna from Alep 
Pastajekna Pastaskaitatj-jekna from Alep Pastajekna, July 31, 1998. (47 kB)

Pastaskaitatj-jekna (0.28 km2) is a small cirque glacier hanging beneath Alep Pastaskaitatj. Previously it was continuos with the large Alep Pastajekna.


4. Alep Pastajekna

Alep Pastajekna (3.87 km2) is a glacier complex in the Skårki massif with a glacier pass at 1495 m. The glacier consequently flows in two directions, as two ice streams. Alep Pastajekna proper flowing down to the north, towards Pastavagge, and Skårkijekna, which glides southward towards Rapadalen. According to Hamberg the Lapps of long ago used this glacier as a short-cut when they moved between winter and summer camps.

4a. Alep Pastajekna

Alep Pastajekna from N Alep Pastajekna from N, August 13, 1994. (113 kB)

Alep Pastajekna (3.12 km2) is a rather large valley glacier, flowing down towards the watershed in Pastavagge. Around the turn of the 19th century it blocked the valley, so one was forced to get across the ice when travelling along the valley. The western part of the glacier tongue is incorrectly plotted on the mountain map; it fills the whole of its valley. The currently separate Pastaskaitatj-jekna previously was a part of Alep Pastajekna.

The icefall of Alep Pastajekna The icefall of Alep Pastajekna, July 31, 1998. (58 kB)

Alep Pastajekna is relatively free of crevasses, except for in the basin under Midtji Skårki. There is even a true icefall there.

The ice cave in Alep Pastajekna The ice cave in Alep Pastajekna, August 14, 1994. (42 kB)

At least during the summer of 1994 there was a deep ice cave in Alep Pastajekna. It started at the opening at the western stream and extended some 30 m inwards into the ice.

The glacier pass of Alep Pastajekna from 
S The glacier pass of Alep Pastajekna from S, July 31, 1998. (48 kB)

The glacier pass leading to Skårkijekna lies at an altitude of some 1495 m.

4b. Skårkijekna

Skårkijekna from S Skårkijekna from S, July 31, 1998. (77 kB)

Skårkijekna (0.75 km2) is the smaller, southwards flowing tongue. It is fairly crevasse-free except for some crevasses in the steep part. The height of the pass towards Alep Pastajekna is ca 1495 m.


5. Svirjajekna

Svirjajekna from SE Svirjajekna from SE, July 31, 1998. (56 kB)

Svirjajekna (0.45 km2) is a drwn-out cirque glacier east of Stuor-Skårki, which seems to be poor in crevasses.


6. Lulep Pastajekna

Lulep Pastajekna (1.61 km2) is a small valley glacier east of Pastatjåkkå. It is the source of Lulep Pastajåkkå.


7. Alep Vassjajekna

Alep Vassjajekna from S Alep Vassjajekna from S, July 31, 1998. (43 kB)

Alep Vassjajekna (1.62 km2) is a short valley glacier south of Unna Skårki. It is the source of the stream Alep Vassjajåkåtj, and seems to be fairly free of crevasses.


8. Lulep Vassjajekna

Lulep Vassjajekna from N Lulep Vassjajekna from N, July 28, 1998. (50 kB)

Lulep Vassjajekna (1.17 km2) is a complex valley glacier upmost in Skaitatjvagge.


9. Alep Vassjalåptåjekna

Alep Vassjalåptåjekna (0.21 km2) is a small ice cap on the south side of Vassja.


10. Lulep Vassjalåptåjekna

Lulep Vassjalåptåjekna (0.20 km2) is a small ice cap on the south side of Vassja. It is not plotted on the mountain map, and possibly is just some dead ice.


11. Takarjekna

Takarjekna (0.13 km2) is a very small cirque glacier on the north side of Vassjatjåkkå. It extends down into a small lake.


12. Nuortap Vassjatjåkkåjekna

Nuortap Vassjatjåkkåjekna (0.60 km2) is a cirque glacier on the east side of Vassjatjåkkå.


13. Årjep Vassjatjåkkåjekna

Årjep Vassjatjåkkåjekna (0.16 km2) is a small cirque glacier on the east flank of Vassjatjåkkå. This glacier is not plotted on the mountain map.


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