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Driving western Norway itinerary

We will be traveling in northern Norway next May/June starting in Tromsø and taking the Hurtigruten ship to Trondheim via two days on the Lofoten Islands. From Trondheim we will have a car to explore the western half of the country ending in Bergen. We've been in the Oslo, Flam, Sognfjord/Balestrand area a few years ago.
So, questions:

1 Trondheim to Ålesund via the Atlantic Road spending two nights with a boat excursion to the Hjørundfjord/

Øye. Continue on to Geiranger via Trollstigen?
Trondheim to Andalnes via the Atlantic Road. Continue on to Geiranger via Trollstigen?

2 What is the best itinerary from Geiranger to Bergen? Looking for scenic driving, interesting towns, good food, hotels, etc. The area around the Nordfjord doesn't seem to get much coverage so any help is appreciated.

We could just plan direct routes from point A to B. But, we'd like to maximize our experiences by going off the beaten path, if possible.

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We stayed in Molde last year when travelling from Alesund to Kristiansund via the Atlantic Road. We spent a night there and two nights in Kristiansund. We were going from Alesund to Trondheim - so reverse your direction.

The trip through the Rauma river (Romsdalen) valley between Andalsnes and Dombas has spectacular scenery. We did it by train, but driving would have been better so we could have stopped to enjoy the sights.

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Yes on Alesund, Atlantic Road, Trollstigen! Absolutely spectacular. Using Alesund as our base, we drove and ferried to the others within one day. The 'swoopy' bridge on the Atlantic Road is incredible but short, so we kept turning around and driving over it again, just amazed at its construction. And there where whales in the water nearby. And there is a lovely turnout just north of the bridge where you can park and take a brief hike to admire the waves.

We drove 'up' the Trollstigen. I think I would have been quite frightened driving down it, once I saw where we'd been from the lookout at the top. Amazingly, that same day, there was an athlete training on ski-skates who basically skated the whole thing uphill and overtook us several times because we stopped at viewpoints. My guess is that he's on their Olympic team. There was also a fellow on a penny farthing (high wheel) bike who rode up that steep route. I have no idea how he managed. He does charity rides all over Europe; this was his Norway segment.

Such a wonderful itinerary!