Klubben is picturesquely located where the Rickleån river flows into the sea. Here, the Nettingforsen rapids present a spectacle that is unusual in more than one way. Few rivers have rapids or falls so close to their mouths. The rapids are also unaffected by clearance work to improve timber rafting. This is unique along the Norrland coast.
The Nettingforsen rapids
These rapids take their name from an eel-like fish, the European river lamprey, which is locally called netting. Lamprey fishing is an old tradition and is continued by the villagers of Rickleå. It is carried out using special traps at night in the late summer or autumn. Klubben is a long, narrow headland that offers ample opportunity to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Västerbotten coast. Rock outcrops, shingle fields and sandy shores can all be found here.
New land from the sea
Along the Norrland coast, new land is constantly rising from the sea as a result of “spring-back” after the disappearance of the last inland ice sheet. In Västerbotten, this glacio-isostatic uplift is nine millimetres a year. Once new land is formed, vegetation wanders in and, after a couple of hundred years, the sea bottom has become spruce forest. All stages in the formation of these natural forests (something of a speciality of the Bothnian Sea’s coasts) can be studied at Klubben.
Klubben benefits from two types of protection. It is protected as a nature reserve and under Natura 2000. Natura 2000 is a network designed to protect valuable natural phenomena for the future. It is run by EU member states. Natura 2000 initiatives are governed by two EU directives, the Birds Directive and the Species and Habitats Directive. These two directives set out various natural environments, flora and fauna that the member states have agreed are particularly conservation worthy from a European perspective.