By Anastacia Sampson
The Swedish border with Norway is an area of mountainous land, known as the Scandinavian Mountains. The Scandinavian Mountains are major mountain ranges and the biggest mountain in the country is a component of this mountain range.
Every year in the month of April there is the Kebnekaise Classic, a competition for skiers who ski over four mountain peaks (including the biggest in the country) over two days. It is recognised as one of the Northern Europe’s most challenging events.
The mountains of Sweden provide great ski slopes and much recreational activity in winter for adventurous people. During the warmer seasons the mountains are great landscapes for hiking trails and for fun explorations.
There are 12 peaks that reach over 2000 meters, namely:
•Kebnekaise (southern peak) at 2104 meters
•Kebnekaise Nordtoppen (northern peak) at 2097 meters
•Sarektjåkkå Stortoppen at 2089 meters
•Kaskasatjåkka at 2076 meters
•Sarektjåkkå Nordtoppen at 2056 meters
•Kaskasapakte at 2043 meters
•Sarektjåkkå Sydtoppen at 2023 meters
•Akka Stortoppen at 2016 meters
•Akka Nordvästtoppen at 2010 meters
•Sarektjåkkå Buchttoppen at 2010 meters
•Pårtetjåkka at 2005 meters
•Palkatjåkka at 2002 meters
The following are some noteworthy mountains on Swedish land:
•Kebnekaise consists of two peaks. The southern peak was 2117 meters above sea level and is currently measured at 2106 meters above sea level, is the highest mountain in Sweden. There is the Kebnekaise mountain lodge situated along the base of a route to the top of the mountain and also some cabins nearer the top. Due to global warming the ice is melting and the peak is losing its height. The northern peak is 2097 meters high and free of ice, being the second highest peak and belonging to this massif known as Kebnekaise. It is located about 85km from the city of Kiruna (the country’s most northerly situated city) in the county of Norrbotten. It is also 150km north of the Arctic Circle. Climbers that attempt to conquer this south peaked Kebnekaise Mountain have to take extreme caution as glaciers provide an extra risk.
•Sarektjåkkå is the second highest mountain on Swedish territory, reaching 2089 meters. It is about 23 meters south-west Survoa (a small settlement in Stora Sjöfallet National Park, in Norrbotten County).
•Stortoppen is a peak of 2016 meters and belongs to a compact group of mountain heights known as Áhkká. Áhkká is based in Stora Sjöfallet National Park (located 20km above the Arctic Circle, in Norrbotten County and this is the third largest park in Sweden). The Stortoppen is the eighth highest peak in Sweden. This great group of isolated varying peaks is fondly called Queen of Lapland.
•Helagsfjället, the mountain of Helags, is another high mountain reaching 1797 meters high above sea level. It is the highest mountain south of the Arctic Circle and the southernmost glacier.
•Åreskutan is 1420 meters high and it belongs to the massif that is the site of the country’s largest ski resort area. It is situated in Åre (a village in central Sweden).
•Storvätteshågna is 1204 meters high. It is located in Dalarna County and is the highest point in the county, in central Sweden.