Bjuröklubb is one of Skellefteå’s most popular destinations. The attractions of this peninsula are obvious to anyone who has ever visited, but the act of capturing Bjuröklubb in speech or writing is by no means, easy, however, we will give it a try.VIDEO: LISTEN TO LALEH'S BJURÖ KLUBB
Of course, Bjuröklubb remains where it is regardless of how the world turns. The peninsula is spectacular all year round. Nevertheless, it’s as if this place practically explodes with experiences between May and September. When some of Sweden’s most popular Instagram celebrities were asked, after hanging out in Skellefteå for a week, what place they would most like to return to, their reply was as certain as it was in unison:
Why? Well, the variety, the contrasts, the rough and barren, against the soft and warm. The sea and the mainland and all the surrounding water.
The lighthouse at Bjuröklubb was built in 1859. On the edge of a cliff. 52 metres above sea level. A yellow wooden octagon. She, the lighthouse, is still called “the old lady”. Why, no one really knows, but throughout the years, she has seen quite a lot.
Like in 1916 when two German ships were hijacked, in the midst of the burning World War. 22 crew members were still on board when the ships arrived in a Finnish harbour, under Russian command. 36 escaped on lifeboats, to Skelleftehamn. The event went down in history as the Bjuröklubb hijacking. Four days later, April 16 that year, the steamship Syria was torpedoed. The ship was wrecked. 4,350 tons of iron ore on its way from Luleå out into the world, followed it to the bottom. Some divers say that the best diving in Sweden can be found right here.
History and culture aside, many would argue that Bjuröklubb is first and foremost about nature. In 1976, the island was designated a nature reserve, thanks to its polished rocks covered with stones carried by the waves, weathered, gnarly pines and spruces growing amongst the rocks. Not to mention the beaches with grey alder shrubbery, valerian, meadowsweet and the hair grass, Deschampsia bottnica.
It is sometimes said that the sun always shines over Bjuröklubb. That is an exaggeration of course, but the fact is that the island’s location contributes to it often having clear skies. It is therefore no wonder that Storsand, the longest sandy beach in Västerbotten, is an incredibly popular bathing beach during the summer months.
Bjuröklubb rose out of the sea 4,000 years ago. Bjuröklubb is mentioned five times a day in weather reports on Swedish national radio. There are seven beds inside the coast pilot’s lookout, where you can even stay overnight. The lighthouse keeper’s cabin hosts a café serving at least seven different types of cookies and a handful of light meals. Gunnar Nordland has photographed spectacular northern lights with Bjuröklubb as a backdrop.
Laleh has written a song about Bjuröklubb with 7,806,704 plays on Spotify. Thousands upon thousands of migratory birds truly love Bjuröklubb. Yes, this island is considered one of the best places in Sweden to see journeying birds. Humans have been around at least since the 6th century. Hunters and fishermen. Ancient remains show their history. Foundation remains, a maiden’s grave and a labyrinth and a fisherman’s chapel, built in the mid-19th century. Those are just some of the things worth mentioning about Bjuröklubb.
Inside the old lighthouse, you can enjoy a fika (coffee or tea and pastries) or hire a picnic blanket and take it to your very own fika spot outdoors. Should you wish to, the lighthouse is a great place to stay overnight. More to be found at www.bjuroklubb.se >>
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