Grottan Johannes Kammare

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Grottan Johannes Kammare, Sweden. Public Domain.
Location: 696 30 Askersund.
From Askersund 50 south 6 km, turn right 49 south 11 km, turn right towards Fagertärn, follow single lane road for 6.5 km.
(58.780030, 14.699067)
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyTalus Cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Grottan Johannes Kammare.
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1834 a man named Johannes hid in the cave.


Grottan Johannes Kammare (Johannes's Chamber) is in the forrest of Tiveden. In 1834 when cholera ravaged Tiveden, a man named Johannes sought refuge in a cave. So the people called the cave Johannes kammare. The cave is only 7 m long and 3 m high, nevertheless it's a good shelter, and it is possible to enter upright. It is located at the single lane forest road 1.8 km north of the Lake Fagertärn parking lot.

A few hundred meters further along the road are several caves named Vargklämman, Vargaklämman (Wolves Trap) and Lilla Vargaklämman (Small Wolves Trap). The Vargaklämman is the largest cave in the forest. It was named after the wolves which lived in the forest and were feared by the people. According to local lore, they were driven into the cave where large nets were stretched so that they could be caught and killed.

The forest has several tectonic caves, but they are generally very small. Another one The Vitsandsgrottorna which is located at the Vitsand Badplats. There is a marked bike trail which is called Stora Vargleden (Big Wolf Trail), which takes the bikes to most caves and many other sights in the forest.

Tiveden, or Tiven as the locals say, does not have exact borders, but most agree that it stretches from Lake Skager to Lake Vättern. The hill forms the border between the provinces of Västergötland and Närke. A part of the area is protected by the After World War II the forest was renamed to make it more popular, to increase tourism.