Fjallbacka and the rocky western coast are home to popular crime novels and prehistoric engravings.
FJALLBACKA, Sweden — From my perch on Vetteberget, a granite monolith 2,200 feet above the seaside village of Fjallbacka on Sweden’s rocky west coast, I could look over the town’s small harbor toward Danholmen, one of the 8,000 granite islands that make up the Western Islands, an archipelago that stretches north to the Norwegian border.
Actress Ingrid Bergman, who was born in Stockholm 100 years ago in August, spent many summers on Danholmen Island after she and producer husband Lars Schmidt bought a home there in 1958. And it is there, on the north side of the island, that her ashes were scattered after her death in 1982
To reach the summit of Vetteberget, I had strolled through Fjallbacka’s small Ingrid Bergman Square — complete with a bust of the Oscar-winning actress — and into the imposing Kungsklyftan (the king’s cleft), a narrow gap in the monolith.
That cleft is a must-see spot on Camilla Lackberg murder mystery tours ( info @kustguiden.eu). Lackberg, a bestselling Swedish author, used the Kungsklyftan as the opening scene in her book “The Preacher,” in which a boy finds the body of a young woman covering the skeletons of two young women killed decades earlier.
Real-life Fjallbacka is a peaceful burg about 90 miles north of Gothenburg, the largest city of Sweden’s west coast, and the jumping off point for visiting the Vaderoarna, or the Weather Islands, the westernmost point in Sweden and a wildlife refuge.
But in Lackberg’s cre-