It is emphasized that the peak started losing its height since 1960's resulting in 24 metres now. The glacier was melting during the second half of the twentieth century, but the process has speeded up over the last 20 years.
Sweden recorded its hottest ever months of May and July in 2018, with temperatures soaring to more than 10 degrees Celsius above normal. With wildfires burning across the Arctic, the Kebnekaise glacier shrank by almost four metres.
Professor of Geography of Stockholm University stated it is another obvious sign that "changes are coming".
The glacier on Kebnekaise’s southern peak was "iconic – a symbol for all the glaciers in Sweden", Ninis Rosqvist said.
"But you know, we don’t need any more symbols. We don’t need to pile up more evidence. We can see the climate changing before our eyes up here, and we need to do something about it," she added.