Stour Räitaglaciären is located (67°59'N, 18°25'E) between the mountains Knivkammen and Vaktposten in the Kebnekaise massif. In mountaineering literature the glacier is named "Hjälmglaciären".The accumulation area is heading north and the tongue flows towards west.. The glacier covers 1.9 km2 and its maximum depth exceeds 130 m. The glacier is characterized by a large medial moraine and ice cored landforms by its front. The glacier is separated from Unna Räitaglaciären by a narrow bedrock ridge.

The glacier was poorly documented before the late 1950s when the first air photos were taken by LMV. In 1963 the glacier was included in our national glacier front monitoring programme. About 150 metres ahead of the present glacier front there is a large ice cored frontal moraine indicating its Holocene and Little Ice Age maximum.

Karlén, W., 1973: Holocene glacier and climatic variations, Kebnekaise mountains, Swedish Lapland. Geografiska Annaler 55A (1): 29-63.

Schytt, V., Cederstrand, P., Jonsson, S., 1963: Notes on glaciological activities in Kebnekaise, Sweden -1963. Geografiska Annaler 45 (4): 292-302.

Stuor Räitaglaciären September 1987
Stuor Räitaglaciären September 1987. The moraines at the glacier terminus are most likely ice cored and show the maximum Holocene extent of the glacier. (Photo: Peter Jansson)

Stuor Räitaglaciären in Numbers

Longitude:18° 23" 40'
Latitude: 67° 58" 10'
Orientation: acc: N; abl: E
Elevation:1270-1760 ma.s.l.
Length: 2.6 km
Area: 2.0 km2