Scandinavian Mountains

mountain range in Finland, Norway and Sweden

The Scandinavian Mountains are a mountain range that runs through the Scandinavian Peninsula. The western sides of the mountains drop steeply into the North Sea and Norwegian Sea, where they form the fjords of Norway. To the north they form the border between Norway and Sweden, and passing across the Arctic Circle. A small part of the range runs into Finland, but this part mostly consists of hills.

Scandinavian Mountains
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Highest point
PeakGaldhøpiggen, Lom
Elevation2,469 m (8,100 ft)[1]
Coordinates61°38′11″N 08°18′45″E / 61.63639°N 8.31250°E / 61.63639; 8.31250
Length1,700 km (1,100 mi)[2]
Width320 km (200 mi)[2]
Native name[Skanderna, Fjällen, Kjølen, Köli, Skandit] Error: {{Native name}}: missing language tag (help)  (language?)
The Scandinavian Mountains
CountriesNorway, Sweden and Finland
Range coordinates65°N 14°E / 65°N 14°E / 65; 14Coordinates: 65°N 14°E / 65°N 14°E / 65; 14

Galdhøpiggen in southern Norway is the highest peak in the range, at 2,469 metres (8,100 ft). Kebnekaise has the highest peak on the Swedish side, at 2,104 m (6,903 ft). Halti is the highest peak in Finland, at 1,324 m (4,344 ft). The range's proximity to the Arctic and the North Atlantic ocean has caused the formation of many icefields and glaciers.


  1. "Galdhøpiggen". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lindström, Maurits. "fjällkedjan". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 July 2010.

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