|Inari Ukonsaari - FINLAND - UNESCO TENTATIVE|
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Inari Ukonsaari - FINLAND - UNESCO TENTATIVE
The third card Niina sent me shows another site in the UNESCOtentative list. Ukonkivi, (English: Ukko's rock), is located on the island of Ukonsaari in lake Inari, Finnish Lapland. It was considered by the local Sami people (Europe’s northernmost and the Nordic countries’ only officially indigenous people) to be an extremely important sacred natural formation and was used as a sacrificial site as recently as in the 19th century. Thank you very much for this amazing swap Niina - my collection became much richer with your beautiful cards. This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
Ukonsaari is a holy place of the Sami People (Lapps), a rocky island with steep cliffs, rising in the middle of lake Inarinjarvi. On the western side is a sacrificial cave. The island is about 30 metres high, 50 metres broad and a 100 metres long. The distance from the village of Inari to Ukonkivi is approximately 11 kilometres.