Kloten - A road sign tourist sight
Dutch speaking visitors are easy recognized in Kloten because no other visitors are taking photos of the road signs. Why? Kloten is a rude word in the Dutch language, so the name Kloten comes out very funny.
I would do the same, if I was travelling in Holland and came to a village with the name The Ball.
The history of Kloten
Between 1877 and 1934 there was a railroad going to Kloten. The bay on the photo is today the starting point on the Southern Canoe Trail.
The history of Kloten is divided into four epochs: Iron-producing in the 17th century, a lumber jack boom between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and our current epoch, which is characterized by environmentally-friendly and active tourism.
But first came the Finnish immigrants (in the 16th century). It was the promise from the Swedish state, of 7 years of tax exemption for those who settled down and changed desolated wilderness to self-sufficient cultivation's, which attracted.
At the end of the iron-producing era and the beginning of the lumber era (in the early 20th century), Kloten had a population of more than 1000 inhabitants. Today, the population is around 30 people.
Two grocery stores were once located on either side of the small village square. Both stores closed down long ago, and the two buildings became private homes. Since 2003, Nordic Discovery has run the Adventure Center in one of the buildings and the Wilderness Lodge in the other building.
Kloten now and before
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Guided historic tours in the village Kloten
Guided historical village walk: 1 hour: 75 SEK/person (minimum 600 SEK/group). 30 minutes: 50 SEK/person (minimum 400 SEK/group).