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The glaciers of the Ålmajalos massif

The Ålmajalos massif from SE The Ålmajalos massif from SE, August 6, 1991. (53 kB)

The Ålmajalos massif is a large high plateau with some higher peaks jutting up. Most of the massif lies in Swedish territory, between Tukijåkkå and Sårjåsjaure, the border with Norway and Virihaure. The highest peak is Ålmajalostjåkkå (1667 m). The massif contains 2 or 3 glaciers (depending on how you count), one of which is very large. On the map the form Ålmåi- is used, but the correct one is Ålmajalos-.

Table over the glaciers of the Ålmajalos massif with basic data

# Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
1. Ålmajalosjekna Glacier complex 9.41+ 5.1 1060 1550 490
1a. of which Sierkajekna Ice cap 2.21 2.6 1100 1410 310
1b. of which Ålmajalosjekna Ice cap 7.20+ 2.9 1060 1550 490
2. Sårjåsjekna Ice cap 0.15+ 0.8 1050 1210 160
Total 9.56+

Plus sign after area value means that the glacier is larger, and that part of it lies in Norway. The number indicates the area on Swedish territory.


1. Ålmajalosjekna

Ålmajalosjekna from Svenska 
Stortoppen Ålmajalosjekna from Svenska Stortoppen, August 1, 1996. 125 kB)

Ålmajalosjekna (9.41+ km2) is a large glacier complex at the east side of Ålmajalostjåkkå, which is divided into the ice streams Sierkajekna and the actual Ålmajalosjekna. Oddly enough this glacier has the same name as its much larger Norwegian neighbor to the west, Blåmannsisen. This vast ice cap also has the name Ålmajalosjiegna on Norwegian maps. Possibly the two could have been continuos a long time ago. The Norwegian part of this glacier is very tiny; together the area is 9.42 km2.

1a. Sierkajekna

Sierkajekna (2.21 km2) is an ice cap on the east side of Sierkatjåkkå. It is gently sloping, even, and probably fairly free of crevasses. It grades into Ålmajalosjekna towards the south.

1b. Ålmajalosjekna

Ålmajalosjekna from SE Ålmajalosjekna from SE, July 30, 1996. 157 kB)

Ålmajalosjekna (7.20+ km2) is a large ice cap east of Ålmajalostjåkkå. Previously it has been much larger, a massive melting during the 20th century have reduced it considerably, but it is still impressive. Towards north it grades over into Sierkajekna, and Sårjåsjekna was a part of Ålmajalosjekna before as well.

Meltwater stream on Ålmajalosjekna Meltwater stream on Ålmajalosjekna, July 30, 1996. 103 kB)

The glacier seems to be poor in crevasses, but there are some moulins. Along its east side Ålmajalosjekna has a very long and high lateral moraine (point 1188). There are also many melwater streams on the ice. Stereo image of the meltwater stream.


2. Sårjåsjekna

Sårjåsjekna (0.15+ km2) is a small ice cap south of Ålmajalostjåkkå. Previously it was continuos with Ålmajalosjekna. Counting in the Norwegian part the area is 0.90 km2.


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