Fans of Scandi-crime fiction won’t want to miss Fjällbacka during a visit to West Sweden. Neither will fans of beautiful scenery. The famous Swedish crime writer, Camilla Läckberg, sets her novels in this idyllic fishing village on the west coast, 1.5 hours drive north of Gothenburg.
“Beautiful and wonderful – every minute of it.” That sums up Susan and John Petty’s three days traveling through West Sweden, as winner of the Facebook contest for Volvo Overseas Delivery customers. They began their Swedish adventure in Gothenburg, travelling onto Stockholm and finishing on the west coast.
“We had read the first three Camilla Läckberg novels to try and get a feel for the geography of the area. While very good reads, they didn’t fully prepare us for the stunning natural beauty or the delightful experiences we encountered.” Their first day was spent exploring Fjällbacka. “The streets of the village provided a great afternoon of exploring on our own, and Bryggan Fjällbacka was a convenient and very comfortable hotel, with a very good restaurant.”
It all started in 1878, in the lake Hjälmaren, where over-fishing of crayfish threatened the survival of the species. A ban was imposed, which later spread to other parts of Sweden. It was not permitted to catch crayfish from the 1 November until the 7 August, which meant that the 8 August became the first day of the crayfish season. Even though the ban has long since been removed, Swedish people continue to start catching crayfish – and hold crayfish parties! – on 8 August every year. The date was probably chosen because crayfish shed their shells two to three times during the summer as they grow in size, during which they hide under stones and are extremely difficult to catch.