Camilla Läckberg’s hugely successful crime novels are set in her hometown of Fjällbacka: A small idyllic fishing village perched on the rocks by the edge of the North Sea. In terms of hard-boiled crime real-life Fjällbacka hardly holds a candle to it’s fictional counterpart. It is however a beautiful–and supremely peaceful–spot to spend your vacation. (It was Ingrid Bergman’s summer hideaway for decades.) Läckberg doesn’t live there anymore, though she still visits regularly. Right now she is in the midst of the making of the film version of The Fjällbacka Murders. We managed to catch up with her for some quick tips on where to go and what to do when there.
How often do you visit Fjällbacka?
Once a month, or so. My mother lives there, as do several other family members. Lately I’ve also been around a lot because of filming the movie.
What is the first thing you do when you get to Fjällbacka?
I try to get a hold of some freshly caught Norway lobster and gorge myself on that!
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests?
The islands. There’s nothing more gorgeous than the Fjällbacka archipelago.
What’s your personal favorite spot in Fjällbacka?
Kungsklyftan is wonderfully dark, titillating and mysterious. I loved it when I was a child, even though I was forbidden to go there. Maybe that’s why I liked it so much…
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