One of my complaints about Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy is that Larsson spends an awful lot of time moving his characters around the city of Stockholm, noting seemingly every street and alleyway they traverse. Like it is said about Joyce’s Ulysses, a reader in the future could probably reconstruct the city from the details in the book.
Of course, in the present, someone who doesn’t speak or read Swedish would probably get lost…until now. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Stockholm City Museum has launched a new two-hour long Larsson tour, one that hits many of the spots Blomqvist and Salander frequent in the books. Most of them, like the Mellqvists Kaffebar, are in the working class neighborhood of Sodermalm.
Some might think taking a tour of a city based on a popular bestselling series is fandom gone too far, but I’m sure the Swedes are pleased, particularly if tourists start going their way to head to the Scandinavian capital. When Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels became popular, Gabarone experienced an influx of visitors — a No. 1 Ladies tour is offered there as well — and inspired McCall Smith to build a coffee house and new opera house in Precious Ramoswote’s honor.
The Two-hour tour is offered Wednesdays at 6 p.m. or Saturdays at 11 a.m., departing from 1 Bellmansgatan. Tickets are $16 or 120 Swedish kronor and can be purchased at Stockholm City Museum, the Stockholm Tourist Centre, or online at http://www.ticnet.se. You can find more information online at http://www.stadsmuseum.stockholm.se.
There are also Millennium maps available for $5 or 40 Swedish kronor at the Stockholm City Museum and the Stockholm Tourist Centre.