Sulitjelma Glacier

The Sulitjelma Glacier[1][2] (also: Sulitjelmaisen (Norwegian), Sállajiegņa (Lule Sami), or Salajekna (Lule Sami)) is one of the largest glaciers in mainland Norway. The 24-square-kilometre (9.3 sq mi) glacier is located in mostly in Norway, but the eastern part crosses over into Sweden. The Norwegian part is in Fauske Municipality in Nordland county, about 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of the town of Fauske. The Swedish part (where it is referred to as Salajekna) lies on the border of Arjeplog Municipality and Jokkmokk Municipality in Norrbotten County. When the whole glacier is considered, it is the largest glacier in Sweden.

Sulitjelma Glacier
Sulitjelmaisen (Norwegian)
Sállajiegņa (Lule Sami)
Salajekna (Swedish)
Historic: Sállajiegŋa, Sallajiegņa, Sállajiekna
Map showing the location of Sulitjelma Glacier
Map showing the location of Sulitjelma Glacier
Location of the glacier
Map showing the location of Sulitjelma Glacier
Map showing the location of Sulitjelma Glacier
Sulitjelma Glacier (Norway)
LocationFauske, Nordland, Norway
Coordinates67°08′10″N 16°20′32″E / 67.1362°N 16.3423°E / 67.1362; 16.3423
Area24 km2 (9.3 sq mi)
Thickness300 metres (980 ft)
Highest elevation1,680 metres (5,510 ft)
Lowest elevation830 metres (2,720 ft)

The glacier's highest point is 1,680 metres (5,510 ft) above sea level and its lowest point is at an elevation of 830 metres (2,720 ft). The glacier has retreated in recent years. The lake Låmivatnet lies just south of the glacier.[3]

Stockholm University operates an automatic weather station near the glacier front.[4]

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  1. ^ Insight Guides: Norway. London: APA Publications. 2015.
  2. ^ "Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts". Glaciology. 13: 28960. 1962.
  3. ^ Andreassen, Liss M; Elvehøy, Hallgeir; Jackson, Miriam; Giesen, Rianne H; Winkler, Stefan (2008). Kjøllmoen, Bjarne (ed.). "Glaciological investigations in Norway 2007". NVE Report 3 2008, 91 p + app. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Salajekna climate station" (in Swedish). Institutionen för naturgeografi och kvartärgeologi - Stockholms universitet. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15.