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Too much to tackle in 7 days?

We're planning a family trip with three kids (12, 10, 7) to Norway in August that's spurred by an invite from friends to visit them in Tromso. I would love to hear whether we're trying to cram too much into the trip or whether we're prioritizing the wrong things. Any other ideas are appreciated.

Here's a rough itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive early morning in Bergen, light sightseeing, recoup from flight

Day 2: Norway in a Nutshell tour, but not returning to Bergen. Either stay at a pleasant town in the area or perhaps drive to Borgund to see stave church the following morning.

Day 3: Work our way north through Jotunheimen National Park toward Gerainger (possible visit Lom stave church if preferable to Borgund or more convenient for travel purposes)

Day 4: Geraingerfjord and then travel to Alesund.

Day 5: Fly from Alesund to Tromso

Days 6 and 7: Visit friends in Tromso

Day 8: Fly to Bergen to USA.

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Is a long drive Bergen to Geiranger

I would pick one area of focus before your flight to Tromso
Either stay around the Bergen general area or skip Bergen and fly into Alesund directly.
Otherwise especially with the quick trip to Tromso and back, I don't like your initial plan at all.

Posted by
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Driving from Bergen to Alesund is a 10+ hour drive at best. Very pretty but winding and tiring. I would strongly suggest that you fly from Bergen to Alesund...it will buy you time in an already short itinerary and you will be far less tired.
If you can arrive in Alesund before noon, you can drive to Hellesylt (about 2 hours), take the ferry up the fjord, spend the night there and, the next day, drive the Trollstigen Pass. Spend the night in Alesund and then fly to Tromso.
The Trollstigen Pass is really not to be missed...it's one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
You will have plenty of company up the Geirangerfjord and over the Trollstigen Pass in August...height of the tourist season. I would suggest that you make reservations for the Geirangerfjord ferry to make sure you get a place. They only run every hour or so and the boats can fill up - if that happens and you are at the back of the line you have to wait for the next one.