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Ukonkivi, , is located on the island of Ukonsaari in lake Inari, Finnish Lapland. The Inari Sami name for the island is Äijih. The area of the lake is called Ukonselkä. Ukonkivi was considered by the local Inari Sami to be an extremely important siedi or sacred natural formation and was used as a sacrificial site, perhaps as recently as in the 19th century. The names "Ukko" and "Äijih" refer to sky deities in the Finnish and Sami mythologies, respectively.

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 . There are guided tours to the site during the summer from the harbour of the Sami museum Siida.

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