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The glaciers of Sweden

Sweden has, according to my measurements, 299 or 327 glaciers. The former number applies if glacier complexes are treated as one unit, and the latter if they are divided into separate ice streams. In any case the total area is slightly less than 300 (according to measurements 296.72) km2, that is, roughly two thirds of a thousandth of the areal of Sweden.

Sweden contains 17 glacier complexes, 39 (62) valley glaciers, 157 (162) cirque glaciers, and 85 (102) ice caps (the numbers within parentheses with the glacier complexes divided), and 1 rock glacier. The area of the glacier complexes varies between 0.84 and 17.38 km2, the valley glaciers between 0.64 and 11.17, the cirque glaciers between 0.05 and 1.86, and the ice caps finally between 0.05 and 9.74 km2.

Contents

  • The glaciers of Sweden, arranged after high mountain area


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


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

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


    The glaciers of Sweden, arranged after high mountain area

    Abisko mountains
    Abisko mountains
    Kebnekaise
    Kebnekaise
    Padjelanta
    Padjelanta
    Sulitelma
    Sulitelma
    Sarek
    Sarek
    Arjeplog mountains
    Arjeplog mountains
    Vindel mountains
    Vindel mountains
    Jämtland 
mountains
    Jämtland mountains


    The glaciers of Sweden larger than 1 km2

    (Glacier complexes treated as one unit)

    Name Area (km2) Type Massif Mountain area
    1. Ålkatj-jekna 17.38 Glacier complex Ålkatj Sarek
    2. Stuorrajekna 12.07 Glacier complex Sulitelma Sulitelma
    3. Mikkajekna 11.49 Glacier complex Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    4. Pårtejekna 11.17 Valley glacier Pårte Sarek
    5. Salajekna 10.54+ Valley glacier Sulitelma Sulitelma
    6. Ålmajalosjekna 9.56+ Glacier complex Ålmajalos Sulitelma
    7. Suottasjekna 8.24 Glacier complex Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    8. Årjep Ruotesjekna 8.13 Glacier complex Ruotes Sarek
    9. Luottojekna 7.60 Glacier complex Luotto Sarek
    10. Akkajekna 7.22 Glacier complex Ålkatj Sarek
    11. Kebnekaisejekna 6.91 Glacier complex Kebnekaise Kebnekaise
    12. Årjep Sarekjekna 4.90 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    13. Vartasjekna 4.88 Glacier complex Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    14. Riukojekna 4.49+ Glacier complex Riuko Kebnekaise
    15. Rabots glaciär 4.09 Valley glacier Kebnekaise Kebnekaise
    16. Mårmajekna 4.03 Valley glacier Mårma Kebnekaise
    17. Alep Pastajekna 3.87 Glacier complex Skårki Sarek
    18. Ritajekna 3.73 Glacier complex Ålkatj Sarek
    19. Ruopsokjekna 3.58 Valley glacier Äpar Sarek
    20. Vattendelarglaciären 3.41 Glacier complex Lanjek Sarek
    21. Vuoinesjekna 3.20 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    22. Tjågnårisjekna 3.00 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    23. Palkatjekna 2.82 Valley glacier Pårte Sarek
    24. Påssusjekna 2.69 Glacier complex Sielma Kebnekaise
    25. Kåtojekna 2.65 Valley glacier Mårma Kebnekaise
    26. Hambergs glaciär 2.54 Valley glacier Akka Sarek
    27. Kaska Sarekjekna 2.53 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    28. Stuor Nierasjekna 2.28 Ice cap Nieras Kebnekaise
    29. Äparjekna 2.26 Valley glacier Äpar Sarek
    30. Kallakjekna 2.02 Ice cap Kallak Kebnekaise
    31. Alep Ruotesjekna 1.95 Glacier complex Ruotes Sarek
    32. Pierikjekna 1.90 Valley glacier Äpar Sarek
    33. Årjep Sälkajekna 1.86 Cirque glacier Sälka Kebnekaise
    34. Alep Räitajekna 1.85 Valley glacier Räita Kebnekaise
    35. Mårmapaktejekna 1.81 Valley glacier Mårma Kebnekaise
    36. Atjekjekna 1.79 Ice cap Atjek Kebnekaise
    37. Lanjekjekna 1.76 Valley glacier Lanjek Sarek
    38. Alep Påssusjekna 1.71 Valley glacier Sielma Kebnekaise
    39. Lulep Räitajekna 1.64 Valley glacier Räita Kebnekaise
    40. Alep Vassjajekna 1.62 Valley glacier Skårki Sarek
    40. Takglaciären 1.62 Valley glacier Sielma Kebnekaise
    42. Lulep Pastajekna 1.61 Valley glacier Skårki Sarek
    43. Niakjekna 1.60 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    44. Kårsajekna 1.57 Valley glacier Kårsa Abisko
    45. Sarvajekna 1.54 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    46. Repijekna 1.52 Valley glacier Sielma Kebnekaise
    47. Kaskasajekna 1.50 Valley glacier Kebnekaise Kebnekaise
    48. Hyllglaciären 1.41 Valley glacier Akka Sarek
    49. Kassajekna 1.39 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    50. Stuolojekna 1.34 Valley glacier Piellorieppe Sarek
    51. Såltajekna 1.27 Cirque glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    52. Päivekjekna 1.23 Ice cap Vadve Abisko
    53. Rieppejekna 1.18 Valley glacier Kallak Kebnekaise
    54. Lulep Vassjajekna 1.17 Valley glacier Skårki Sarek
    55. Nipalsjekna 1.16 Ice cap Räita Kebnekaise
    56. Vaktpostglaciären 1.12 Cirque glacier Räita Kebnekaise
    57. Nuortap Tjäktjajekna 1.09 Cirque glacier Sielma Kebnekaise

    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 Sweden larger than 1 km2

    (Glacier complexes divided into ice streams)

    Name Area (km2) Type Massif Mountain area
    1. Pårtejekna 11.17 Valley glacier Pårte Sarek
    2. Salajekna 10.54+ Valley glacier Sulitelma Sulitelma
    3. Stuorrajekna 9.74 Ice cap Sulitelma Sulitelma
    4. Suottasjekna 8.06 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    5. Årjep Ålkatj-jekna 7.44 Ice cap Ålkatj Sarek
    6. Mikkajekna 7.31 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    7. Ålmajalosjekna 7.20+ Ice cap Ålmajalos Sulitelma
    8. Jåkåtjkaskajekna 7.18 Ice cap Ålkatj Sarek
    9. Årjep Ruotesjekna 5.91 Valley glacier Ruotes Sarek
    10. Årjep Sarekjekna 4.90 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    11. Rabots glaciär 4.09 Valley glacier Kebnekaise Kebnekaise
    12. Mårmajekna 4.03 Valley glacier Mårma Kebnekaise
    13. Vartasjekna 3.72 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    14. Alep Sarekjekna 3.69 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    15. Ruopsokjekna 3.58 Valley glacier Äpar Sarek
    16. Storglaciären 3.29 Valley glacier Kebnekaise Kebnekaise
    17. Nuortap Luottojekna 3.27 Valley glacier Luotto Sarek
    18. Årjep Akkajekna 3.22 Valley glacier Ålkatj Sarek
    19. Vuoinesjekna 3.20 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    20. Ritajekna 3.14 Valley glacier Ålkatj Sarek
    21. Alep Pastajekna 3.12 Valley glacier Skårki Sarek
    22. Nuortap Akkajekna 3.05 Valley glacier Ålkatj Sarek
    23. Tjågnårisjekna 3.00 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    24. Palkatjekna 2.82 Valley glacier Pårte Sarek
    25. Kåtojekna 2.65 Valley glacier Mårma Kebnekaise
    26. Hambergs glaciär 2.54 Valley glacier Akka Sarek
    27. Kaska Sarekjekna 2.53 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    28. Nuortap Riukojekna 2.38+ Ice cap Riuko Kebnekaise
    29. Stuor Nierasjekna 2.28 Ice cap Nieras Kebnekaise
    30. Äparjekna 2.26 Valley glacier Äpar Sarek
    31. Sierkajekna 2.21 Ice cap Ålmajalos Sulitelma
    32. Västra Svenonius glaciär 2.11 Valley glacier Luotto Sarek
    33. Östra Vattendelarglaciären 2.10 Valley glacier Lanjek Sarek
    34. Kallakjekna 2.02 Ice cap Kallak Kebnekaise
    35. Sjelmajekna 1.99 Valley glacier Ruotes Sarek
    36. Pierikjekna 1.90 Valley glacier Äpar Sarek
    37. Kanalbergsglaciären 1.89 Ice cap Ålkatj Sarek
    38. Årjep Sälkajekna 1.86 Cirque glacier Sälka Kebnekaise
    39. Alep Räitajekna 1.85 Valley glacier Räita Kebnekaise
    40. Mårmapaktejekna 1.81 Valley glacier Mårma Kebnekaise
    41. Atjekjekna 1.79 Ice cap Atjek Kebnekaise
    42. Kaska Påssusjekna 1.78 Valley glacier Sielma Kebnekaise
    43. Lanjekjekna 1.76 Valley glacier Lanjek Sarek
    44. Alep Påssusjekna 1.71 Valley glacier Sielma Kebnekaise
    45. Lulep Räitajekna 1.64 Valley glacier Räita Kebnekaise
    46. Alep Vassjajekna 1.62 Valley glacier Skårki Sarek
    46. Takglaciären 1.62 Valley glacier Sielma Kebnekaise
    48. Lulep Pastajekna 1.61 Valley glacier Skårki Sarek
    49. Niakjekna 1.60 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    50. Kårsajekna 1.57 Valley glacier Kårsa Abisko
    51. Sarvajekna 1.54 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    52. Repijekna 1.52 Valley glacier Sielma Kebnekaise
    53. Kaskasajekna 1.50 Valley glacier Kebnekaise Kebnekaise
    54. Årjep Riukojekna 1.46+ Ice cap Riuko Kebnekaise
    55. Mietjerjekna 1.45 Ice cap Sulitelma Sulitelma
    56. Björlings glaciär 1.43 Valley glacier Kebnekaise Kebnekaise
    57. Isfallsglaciären 1.42 Valley glacier Kebnekaise Kebnekaise
    58. Hyllglaciären 1.41 Valley glacier Akka Sarek
    59. Kassajekna 1.39 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    60. Stuolojekna 1.34 Valley glacier Piellorieppe Sarek
    61. Västra Vattendelarglaciären 1.31 Valley glacier Lanjek Sarek
    62. Såltajekna 1.27 Cirque glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    63. Årjep Luottojekna 1.23 Ice cap Luotto Sarek
    63. Päivekjekna 1.23 Ice cap Vadve Abisko
    65. Rieppejekna 1.18 Valley glacier Kallak Kebnekaise
    66. Lulep Vassjajekna 1.17 Valley glacier Skårki Sarek
    67. Kavajekna 1.16 Valley glacier Sarektjåkkå Sarek
    67. Nipalsjekna 1.16 Ice cap Räita Kebnekaise
    69. Vaktpostglaciären 1.12 Cirque glacier Räita Kebnekaise
    70. Nuortap Tjäktjajekna 1.09 Cirque glacier Sielma Kebnekaise
    71. Lulep Ruotesjekna 1.08 Ice cap Ruotes Sarek

    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.


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