Lake Kilpisjärvi

Coordinates: 69°01′N 020°49′E / 69.017°N 20.817°E / 69.017; 20.817
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Lake Kilpisjärvi
Kilpisjärvi seen from the Finnish side
Location in Finland
Location in Finland
Lake Kilpisjärvi
LocationEnontekiö, Finland / Kiruna, Sweden
Coordinates69°01′N 020°49′E / 69.017°N 20.817°E / 69.017; 20.817
Primary outflowsKönkämäeno
Basin countriesFinland, Sweden
Surface area37.33 km2 (14.41 sq mi)[1]
Average depth19.5 m (64 ft)[2]
Max. depth57 m (187 ft)[2]
Water volume0.73 km3 (0.18 cu mi)[2]
Surface elevation472.8 m (1,551 ft)[1]
Frozen223 days[3]

Kilpisjärvi is a medium-sized lake located at the north-western tip of Finland and northernmost Sweden. Treriksröset, the point where the borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway join is located some 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) northwest from the lake.

The lake is divided into two parts, Kilpisjärvi (Northern Sami: Bajit Gilbbesjávri) and Alajärvi (Vuolit Gilbbesjávri).

Being located on the Scandinavian Mountains, the lake is surrounded by numerous fells, most notably Saana. The northern location and high elevation cause the lake to be frozen most of the year.[citation needed]


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