Helene Tursten. Foto Peter Knutson.

24 hours in Sunne with the author Helen Tursten

Helene Tursten is the author behind the bestsellers about Irene Huss. As a resident of Sunne since the 1990s she shares her favourite places and guides us around on a hike, a spa and the theatre.

Helene was born in Gothenburg but has lived in Sunne since the late 90s. Today Helene is a renowned crime author and her debut was Detective Inspector Huss (in Swedish: Den krossade tanghästen (1998)), which was about Detective Inspector Irene Huss who is played by Angela Kovács in the screen adaptation. Helene has achieved major international success with her detective characters and her books have been translated into 18 different languages. Hang out with the Detective Queen for a day in Fabulous Sunne.

Going for a walk

”A hike up Slatternliness is a wonderful experience for the whole family.    Bring something along to drink and to BBQ. At the top of the hill there is a resting place with spectacular views across Rottnadalen.”

Cultural lunch

”Saffran & Vitlök is located in our fine library.. Then we can kill two birds with one stone. Saffran & Vitlök serve good lunches, sandwiches and snacks. Sated and content the company can then visit the library, which was opened in 2008 and designed by Gert Wingårdh. Inside the library can be found the gallery “Björken” where remarkable exhibitions are often on display.”

Swing past Selma

”The Mårbacka Memorial Estate is an absolute must! Come with us on a guided tour. It’s interesting to learn more about the estate and about Selma Lagerlöf.”

Winter activities for young and old....

“Ski Sunne is situated several kilometres outside of Sunne and has a number of lifts and runs. For those who prefer longer distance skiing there are a number of different tracks of different levels of difficulty in Sundsberget, which also hosts SM competitions.

.....and summer activities!

”Sunne Camping & Sommarland is the first choice for the kids. The grown ups will perhaps choose to go round the 18 hole course at Sunne Golf Club. Or have fund on the 9 hole.....

Selma Spa

Hotell Selma Spa is open year round. It is the largest spa hotel in Scandinavia offering lots of different activities. Not least is their marvellous pool.

Dinner

Ulvsby Manor (Ulvsby herrgård) (formerly Länsmansgården xxx) serves good food in a genuine manor house environment. It also operates as a hotel and arranges art exhibitions.

Culture:

In the summer Västanå Teater is an absolute must! During Easter weekend all of the artists around the upper and mid fryken lakes will have their studios open. You can get a map and spend one or more days travelling around and enjoying yourself.

Evening entertainment:

The lobby bar at Selma Spa is delightful and well-stocked. During the summer the sun terrase is open and from here you will have an expansive view over the Fryken Lakes.  The bar also serves food from a bar menu.

Books with Irene Huss as the main character:

  • Detective Inspector Huss (Den krossade tanghästen (1998))
  • Nattrond (1999)
  • The Torso (Tatuerad torso (1999))
  • Glasdjävulen (2002)
  • Guldkalven (2004)
  • Eldsdansen (2005)
  • En man med litet ansikte (2007)
  • Det lömska nätet (2008)
  • Den som vakar i mörkret (2010)
  • I skydd av skuggorna (2012)

Books with Embla Nyström in the main role:

  • Jaktmark (2014)
  • Sandgrav (2016)

Other books

  • The woman in the lift and other mysterious stories, narratives (Kvinnan i hissen och andra mystiska historier, berättelser). (2003)
  • Black diamonds, an anthology of several female authors (Svarta diamanter, en antologi med flera kvinnliga författare). Helene Tursten edited the book. (2004)

Text: Fridah Jönsson

Cultural lunch at Saffran & Vitlök. Illustration Jesper Löfvenborg
Photo credit: Cultural lunch at Saffran & Vitlök. Illustration Jesper Löfvenborg
Cultural lunch at Saffran & Vitlök. Illustration Jesper Löfvenborg
Selma and the Mårbacka Memorial Estate are an absolute must! Illustration Jesper Löfvenborg
Photo credit: Selma and the Mårbacka Memorial Estate are an absolute must! Illustration Jesper Löfvenborg
Selma and the Mårbacka Memorial Estate are an absolute must! Illustration Jesper Löfvenborg
Dinner at Ulvby Manor. Illustration Jesper Löfvenborg
Photo credit: Dinner at Ulvby Manor. Illustration Jesper Löfvenborg
Dinner at Ulvby Manor. Illustration Jesper Löfvenborg
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