At last year’s Iceland Noir we were lucky enough to have a crime walk through the mean streets of downtown Reykjavík organised by Úlfhildur Dagsdóttir of the Reykjavík City Library, starting at the Hverfisgata police station and winding its way downtown to finish up near the library. That walk was dedicated to Erlendur Sveinsson, Arnaldur Indriðason’s magnificently taciturn detective.
This year Úlfhildur has agreed to do another crime walk, but instead of repeating last year’s event, she has started from scratch and put together a whole new programme. This time it starts at the Nordic House and rather than concentrating on Erlendur, this year’s Blóðslóð (blood trail) takes in locations linked to many Icelandic crime stories by a variety of authors, including many who will be there at Iceland Noir, as it makes its way downtown to finish by the docks.
Arnaldur is among those represented, with a passage from his untranslated novel Dauðarósir (Silent Kill), along with Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Sólveig Pálsdóttir, Árni Thórarinsson, Ragnar Jónasson, Ævar Örn Jósepsson, Michael Ridpath and Quentin Bates, and some of the authors will be reading their own words at the different locations.
Also among the authors represented in the crime walk is Ólafur við Faxafen, the nom de plume of Ólafur Friðriksson who wrote one of the first Icelandic crime stories, Allt í Lagi í Reykjavík (All’s Well in Reykjavík), published in the 1930s, with a passage from the book specially translated for the crime walk.
The crime walk takes place on Friday afternoon, starting at 4PM, all welcome, but take care to wrap up. Reykjavík in November can be balmy and warm, or it could be wet and windy, or it could be snowing. You take your chances at these latitudes, but just think of it as atmosphere if it isn’t quite as warm as it could be.
The pics are of last year’s Erlendur-themed crime walk, with Úlfhildur and her two henchpersons reading passages from Arnaldur’s books.