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The glaciers of the Vindel mountains

Skrapetjåkke from S Skrapetjåkke from S, August 9, 1992. (64 kB)

The Vindel mountains is a vast mountain area in southern Lapland, between the border to Norrbottens län and Ume Älv-Tängvattnet. Within the area there are a few high mountain massifs, of which 2 have glaciers. The highest peak is Norra Sytertoppen (1767 m), and there are 7 1600-meter and 13 1500-meter peaks.

The Vindel mountains contain a small number of pretty small glaciers. In total there are 8 with a total area of 2.80 km2, 0.9 % of the glacier area of Sweden. Of the glaciers one is of valley type, of 0.75 km2, 3 is of cirque type, vaying between 0.26 and 0.40, and 4 of ice cap type, between 0.09 and 0.56 km2.

Contents

  • Table over the glaciers of the Vindel mountains with basic data


  • The glaciers of the Vindel mountains, arranged after massif
  • The Ammar massif
    The Norra Storfjället massif

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


    Table over the glaciers of the Vindel mountains with basic data

    # Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
    1. Ammarglaciären Cirque glacier 0.40 0.6 1335 1540 205
    Subtotal 0.40
    2. Alep Skrapejekna Ice cap 0.14 0.4 1265 1450 185
    3. Lulep Skrapejekna Ice cap 0.24 0.7 1325 1560 235
    4. Måskojekna Ice cap 0.56 1.3 1235 1510 275
    5. Norra Syterglaciären Valley glacier 0.75 1.3 1260 1575 315
    6. Östra Syterglaciären Cirque glacier 0.36 0.6 1190 1385 195
    7. Tärnaglaciären Cirque glacier 0.26 1.1 1055 1510 455
    8. Murtserjekna Ice cap 0.09 0.4 1330 1500 170
    Subtotal 2.40
    Total 2.80


    The Ammar massif

    The Ammar massif is a plateau-like massif between Vindelådalen, the valley of Tjulån, and Tärnasjön. The highest peak is Slierogaise (1611 m), and the massif contains one glacier.

    1. Ammarglaciären

    Ammarglaciären (0.40 km2) is a two-lobed cirque glacier on the east side of Slierogaise. It is steep and has some crevasses.


    The Norra Storfjället massif

    The Norra Storfjället massif is a large and fairly high massif between Tärnasjön-Tärnaån and the valley of Ume Älv. The massif is split into two smaller parts by the deep trough valley Syterskalet. The highest peak is Norra Sytertoppen (1767 m), and the massif has 7 glaciers.

    2. Alep Skrapejekna

    Alep Skrapejekna (0.14 km2) is a small ice cap on the north side of Skrapetjåkke.

    3. Lulep Skrapejekna

    Lulep Skrapejekna (0.24 km2), an ice cap, lies on the north slope of Skrapetjåkke.

    4. Måskojekna

    Måskojekna (0.56 km2) is an ice cap on the east side of Måskonåive. It extends down into a small lake.

    5. Norra Syterglaciären

    Norra Syterglaciären (0.75 km2) is a small valley glacier northwest of Norra Sytertoppen. The glacier is the largest in the massif, and it seems to be poor in crevasses. A pass at some 1425 m leads to Östra Syterglaciären.

    6. Östra Syterglaciären

    Östra Syterglaciären (0.36 km2) is a cirque glacier east of Norra Sytertoppen. It reaches down into a little lake. From the ice it is possible to get over to Norra Syterglaciären by a pass (1425 m).

    7. Tärnaglaciären

    Tärnaglaciären from E Tärnaglaciären from E, August 8, 1992. (94 kB)

    Tärnaglaciären (0.26 km2) is a steep cirque glacier on the east side of Murtsertjåkke. It used to calve in a small lake, but due to the warming climate the lower part was separated, turning into dead ice.

    Tärnaglaciären from SE Tärnaglaciären from SE, August 8, 1992. (57 kB)

    However, in later years Tärnaglaciären has began to grow and advance, and now it once again is continuos with the lower part, extending into the lake.

    The front of Tärnaglaciären The front of Tärnaglaciären, August 8, 1992. (68 kB)

    Tärnaglaciären is a steep and heavily crevassed glacier, as a matter of fact it is almost icefalls in a few places.

    8. Murtserjekna

    Murtserjekna from SW Murtserjekna from SW, August 8, 1992. (62 kB)

    Murtserjekna (0.09 km2) is a small ice cap on the south side of Murtsertjåkke.


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