Walking Tours Put Stockholm on the Map

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Stockholm has always had its appeal, but the incredible success of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy has made the city more popular than ever. Selling more than 60 million copies in 40 countries (17 million in the U.S. alone), “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and its two sequels have endeared the Swedish capital to a new generation of readers. In addition to charismatic investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer hacker anti-hero Lisbeth Salander, the city of Stockholm itself could be considered a character in these suspenseful thrillers. Many readers would love to know what certain places mentioned in the books—such as the characters’ apartments and the many bars and cafes they frequent—are like in real life.

And now, they can. The Stockholm City Museum offers the “Millennium” tour, a walking tour of key locations found in the books. Visitors will also see places that Larsson himself frequented, such as the cafe downstairs from the magazine where he worked. The tour is in English and lasts approximately two hours and has been receiving rave reviews from journalists and tourists alike, as well as sparking renewed interest in Larsson’s books and personal life.

This interest can only be expected to intensify. These days it’s rare to pass through an airport or board a flight without encountering several people with their noses buried in Larsson’s books (while countless others devour the works on anonymous e-readers). The Dec. 21 release of the American film version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” directed by David Fincher (who also directed the popular film “The Social Network”) and starring Daniel Craig, will undoubtedly stoke the interest of even more Larsson fans, many of them eager to walk in the footsteps of Blomkvist and Salander.

Scandinavian Airlines – The Easiest Way to Reach Stockholm Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) offers more nonstop flights from the U.S. to Scandinavia than any other airline. As Europe’s and the world’s most punctual airline* SAS also offer efficient onward connections to dozens of cities throughout Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. SAS flies nonstop from New York (Newark) and Chicago to Stockholm and through our partnership with Air Canada and United Airlines they provide smooth connections to Scandinavia from over 60 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, visit flysas.com/us or visitsweden.com/cruise-stockholm.

*Source: Flightstats.com 2009, 2010 and 2011.