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Scandinavian Mountains

The Scandinavian Mountains, or Skanderna, are a mountain range that runs through the Scandinavian Peninsula. The western sides of the mountains drop precipitously into the North Sea, forming the famous fjords of Norway, while to the east they gradually flatten towards Sweden. To the north they form the border between Norway and Sweden, but are scarcely more than hills in the vicinity of the North Cape.

The mountains are not especially large; Galdh°piggen in southern Norway is the highest, at 2,469 m (8,098 ft). Even so, the combination of northerly situation and moisture from the North Atlantic means that there are many icefields and glaciers. Kebnekaise is the highest peak on the Swedish side, at 2,111 m (6926 ft).