10 July 2010

Fjällbacka, Tanum, Sweden

The actress Ingrid Bergman spent many summers at Dannholmen west of Fjällbacka. The "town" square is named after her (Ingrid Bergmans torg). The path to Kungsklyftan starts in the background.

Kungsklyftan ("King's Crevice"), earlier names Ramneklovan or Korpklyftan, got its name after King Oscar II visited Fjällbacka in 1886. Kungsklyftan is known among others from the movie Ronja Rövardotter (Ronia The Robber's Daughter) based on the book by Astrid Lindgren. The place was also a crime scene in Camilla Läckberg's crime novel Predikanten ("The Preacher"), 2004. Kungsklyftan was closed in June 2010 due to security work.

All the photos were taken in June 2010.

The Swedish west coast and archipelago is a popular tourist destination. The locality of Fjällbacka in Tanum municipality, originally a fishing locality, has been visited by many Scandinavians (and others!) over the years, quite often arriving by sailboat. Nowadays the small place has also become known because of Camilla Fjällberg's crime novels, as almost all the plots have taken place there. If you didn't know it was fiction, you could have thought the place was rather dangerous, considering the number of murders!

I have read all the Läckberg novels and always imagined the place to be somewhat bigger than it is in reality. My wife on the other hand thought the place was smaller! It is a wonderful place to visit, first of all in the summer season. Fjällbacka is situated about 150 km north of Gothenburg and 165 km south of Oslo. If you travel by car from Oslo, it will take about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get there.

The oldest houses in Fjällbacka are from the 18th and 19th century. Some of them had signs revealing the history of the house and the families that lived in it. A wonderful idea - just a pity that I didn't take any photos to use as examples. I will surely visit Fjällbacka again later, so this blog article should be considered as Part I only... Don't forget to visit the photo gallery at Fjällbacka's official page!

Updated on 10 July 2010 at 20.00 (a few details were added).



  1. Hei Dag,

    These are the best photos I have seen yet of Fjällbacka, mange takk for dem. The pictures of Ingrid Bergmans Torg are especially great, I had imagined it was just a concrete square! I will bookmark your page and return to it often as I translate Tyskungen, which will be my 5th in the series. May I ask you any questions on Norwegian history if I find something incomprehensible?

    Best wishes from Albuquerque, New Mexico!

    Steve (Steven T. Murray)

  2. P.S. The town will have to fix the English on their sign to say "steep areas"!

  3. Thanks for your comments! And yes, please don't hesitate to contact me by e-mail if you have any questions about Norwegian history etc. in connection with your work.

    Dag T. Hoelseth,

  4. By the way, I didn't notice the "step areas" mistake before you mentioned it... :-)

    Concerning the "town square", you will see the rest of it on photo no. 4 (the two persons at the right are looking at the Bergman statue).

    I will add your blog to my Selected blogs list soon!