Norway’s second biggest city and an early trading port that eventually became a bureau city of the Hanseatic League, Bergen is a charming city nestled in between seven fjords and boasts a veritable treat of theater and maritime culture. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Bergen has to offer so you can take full advantage of this characterful city, with convenient pick up locations at the Bergen Airport. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific rental needs.
The colorful wooden-slatted gable buildings of Bergen are a friendly reminder that this little city packs a punch. When it was founded in the 11th century, it was regarded as the most important city in Norway, and the industrial and maritime flavor of the city has yet to go out of fashion. Vågen, the main harbor, still remains at pride of place in the city center. The buildings in Bergen are made largely of wood and the city has been plagued with devastating fires throughout most of its history. But its quirky energy remains undiminished, and its most popular tourist attraction, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old merchant quarter of Bryggen, is a beautiful stroll. Bergen is the center of west Norway and takes pride in having the region’s best restaurants, art galleries and nightlife.
The cobbled streets and small, steep stone steps of Bergen lend itself well to exploring on foot. The fish market in Vågen is a great draw for crowds where you can nibble on Norwegian strawberries or just take in the variety of fish on offer. You can also visit the Bergen aquarium nearby to see fish, penguins and seals in their element, as well as crocodiles, snakes and spiders. A trip among the leaning wooden buildings of Bryggen is a must, ending up at the old fortress of Bergenhus, or you can visit one of the many museums and galleries dotted around. When it’s time to put your feet up, drop into a cafe bar for a strong cup of Norwegian coffee.
Guided tours are available to see the sights and learn about the city, but the seven mountains that ring Bergen are definitely something to be experienced. A funicular can be taken up to the top of Mount Fløyen, and from there you get a stunning panorama of Bergen and the surrounding area, complete with the fjords and the ocean. A cable car can also be taken to Mount Ulriken, the highest mountain, located just outside the city center. Folk music is popular in the city, but Bergen was also the birthplace of the hugely popular composer Edvard Grieg. You can visit his home and learn about his important legacy at the Edvard Grieg Museum in Troldhaugen.
Fish is the first thing on the menu in Bergen and right away you have an almost unlimited supply of choices. Some first-rate offerings can be found in Bryggen, and Engen houses the more affordable haunts. For a more informal meal, the city’s many cafe-bars are located all over the city center, along with their characteristic coffee houses. To try something a little more homely, Pingvinen is becoming a quick favorite, replete with grandmother’s specials – think fish-cake sandwiches, reindeer, and meatballs with cloudberry jam. For a creative wine list and clean cooking, check out places like Jacob’s Bar & Kjøjkken.
Bergen is excellent as a base to explore the nearby fjords and a Bergen car hire will open up these beautiful vistas to you. Of particular note are the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord, the two wild and spectacular arms of the Sognefjord. Here you can take a fjord cruise and see waterfalls clinging to the mountainside, flanked by small farms. The area also holds one of the most distinctive and well-preserved stave churches in Norway, the Borgund Stave Church. These old wooden churches are architectural gems that were originally constructed over 800 years ago, and rightfully take pride of place in Norway’s cultural heritage. Oslo is almost on the same latitude as Bergen, and can also be reached in a few adventurous hours.
You can also visit some of the other Hanseatic cities with your car hire including, Hamburg, Tallinn and Riga! The possibilities are endless with your rental car from HAPPYCAR!