SWE­DEN

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - Brian E. Clark

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-

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