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The glaciers of Sulitelma

The Sulitelma massif from E The Sulitelma massif from E, August 4, 1991. (60 kB)

Sulitelma is a mighty and heavily glaciated high mountain massif on the border between Norway and Sweden. The massif, including surrounding individual higher mountains, lies south of Padjelanta, west of Sarek, and north of Pite Älv. The highest peak in Sweden is Svenska Stortoppen (1875 m), while the Norwegian Suliskongen reaches 1907 m. In the Swedish part of the area there are 2 additional peaks higher than 1800 m, and 3 1700-meter and 10 1600-meter peaks.

Sulitelma does not contain very many, but some very large glaciers. In total there are 12-15 of them. Both number and area here refers to the Swedish part of the area only. The former number is true if you treat glacier complexes as one glacier, and the latter if you treat the ice streams within the complexes as separate glaciers. Outside the Sulitelma area proper there are only a few small glaciers. The total area within Sweden is 34.80 km2, which is 11.7 % of the ice-covered area of the country.

Sulitelma contains 2 glacier complexes, 1 vallay glacier, 4 cirque glaciers, and 5 (10) ice caps (the numbers within parenthesis with the glacier complexes split). The area of the glacier complexes varies between 9.41 and 12.07 km2, the valley glacier is 10.54 (Swedish part), the cirque glaciers between 0.05 and 0.88, and the ice caps finally between 0.08 and 9.74 km2.

Contents

  • The glaciers of Sulitelma, arranged after massif


  • Table over the glaciers of Sulitelma larger than 1 km2 (glacier complexes treated as one unit)

  • Table over the glaciers of Sulitelma larger than 1 km2 (glacier complexes divided into ice streams)

  • Icefalls in Sulitelma


  • (For the interested, information concerning classification, naming, and measurements.)


    The glaciers of Sulitelma, arranged after massif

    The 
Ålmajalos massif
    The Ålmajalos massif
    The Sulitelma 
massif
    The Sulitelma massif
    The Jeknaffo 
massif
    The Jeknaffo massif
    The 
Kierkevare massif
    The Kierkevare massif
    The Staika massif
    The Staika massif


    The glaciers of Sulitelma larger than 1 km2

    (Glacier complexes treated as one unit)

    Name Area (km2) Type Massif
    1. Stuorrajekna 12.07 Glacier complex Sulitelma
    2. Salajekna 10.54+ Valley glacier Sulitelma
    3. Ålmajalosjekna 9.41+ Glacier complex Ålmajalos

    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.


    The glaciers of Sulitelma larger than 1 km2

    (Glacier complexes divided into ice streams)

    Name Area (km2) Type Massif
    1. Salajekna 10.54+ Valley glacier Sulitelma
    2. Stuorrajekna 9.54 Ice cap Sulitelma
    3. Ålmajalosjekna 7.20+ Ice cap Ålmajalos
    4. Sierkajekna 2.21 Ice cap Ålmajalos
    5. Mietjerjekna 1.45 Ice cap Sulitelma

    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.


    Icefalls in Sulitelma

    In the Swedish part of the Sulitelma area there are three distinct icefalls; in Östra Stortoppsglaciären, in Westmans glaciär, and in Salajekna. A fourth, which existed in Stuorrajekna is now melted away.

    The icefall in Östra Stortoppsglaciären
    The icefall in Östra Stortoppsglaciären
    The icefall in Westmans glaciär
    The icefall in Westmans glaciär
    The icefall in Salajekna
    The icefall in Salajekna

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    Last updated: March 17, 2001 Unless otherwise specified; text, tables, photographs, maps and other graphics © 1999-2001 Gunnar Ljungstrand
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