Lake Kilpisjärvi

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Lake Kilpisjärvi
Enontekiö Kilpisjärvi.JPG
seen from the Finnish side
Location Enontekiö, Finland / Kiruna, Sweden
Coordinates 69°01′N 020°49′E / 69.017°N 20.817°E / 69.017; 20.817Coordinates: 69°01′N 020°49′E / 69.017°N 20.817°E / 69.017; 20.817
Primary outflows Könkämäeno
Basin countries Finland, Sweden
Surface area 37.33 km2 (14.41 sq mi)[1]
Average depth 19.5 m (64 ft)[2]
Max. depth 57 m (187 ft)[2]
Water volume 0.73 km3 (0.18 cu mi)[2]
Surface elevation 472.8 m (1,551 ft)[1]
Frozen 223 days[3]
Settlements Kilpisjärvi
References [1][2][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.


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