Fall Foliage in Scandinavia

We are planning now for a fall 2011 trip to Norway and Sweden. Are there good sites there for New England-style fall foliage? My mom always says New England and the Great Lakes area in the US are the only places in the world to have beautiful fall leaves. I'd love to bring some pics home to prove her wrong!

Posted by Sam
Kurikka, Finland
88 posts

Others may have more localized news but by my experience fall in Scandinavia is often unfortunately wet. Not at all like crisp mornings and sunny days I remember from hunting season (mid-Sept to mid-Nov) in the upper midwest and eastern seaboard.
Without sunshine the colors are not as vibrant, the visibility is less and the fall leaves are more a soggy mass than a crackling pile of something that could actually blow away or be jumped into.

Posted by Sharon
Santa Rosa, CA, USA
1058 posts

Talked to my cousin in Sweden today, and they were forecasting snow for this afternoon.

Posted by Christophe
Copenhagen, Denmark
265 posts

I think your mother is more or less right. For some reason, it is not as spectacular over here compared to e.g. New England. The colors are more brownish over here. I don't know why, but so it is!

Posted by Karen
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1730 posts

You don't have maple trees, that's why. Poor syrup-less people.

Posted by Toni
Charlotte, NC, USA
3038 posts

It's all about the amount of sunshine, the amount of rain, and the kind of trees. The Scandinavian countries and much of the UK are too far north- their days get shorter sooner so the colors are not as vibrant.

Posted by Christophe
Copenhagen, Denmark
265 posts

Northern and central Scandinavia has mostly pine trees, southern Scandinavia (Denmark and Southern Sweden) has mostly leaf-bearing trees. But not many maple trees, more beech.

Posted by Tom
Lewiston, NY
10505 posts

Up close, the colors right now in this part of Germany are brilliant... but as others have noted, the atmospheric conditions don't favor the sort of vistas you get in New England. There's just too much moisture in the air, and the sun isn't as high in the sky.

Posted by Nancy
Gig Habor, WA, USA
1 posts

I heard that the Irish countryside is popular this time of year to enjoy the fall foliage.

Posted by Betty & Bitsy
Wadsworth, OH, USA
7 posts

From Betty in Ohio: You guys are wonderful! Thanks so much for all the great information. I truly appreciate the thoughtfulness of everyone who's replied.