Can you tell me about the Fljotstunga lava cave tours? Is that worth a detour off the ring road? Is that a good place to spend the night? We'd really like to see some lava caves/tubes, so if not there, can you recommend another place to see them?
Also, where is the best/easiest place to see puffins up close along the ring road?
I've read that Borgarfjordur Eystri is a great place. Is that true? Do you have to hike to get to where they are or can you drive and park nearby? On a 2 week trip, is that a good place to spend a day and night? We might be interested in short hikes if the weather is nice, but is there anything else to do/see there? Would it be better to drive over, spend a few hours, then leave, or stay longer?
Is there a better place to see puffins?
I have never myself been to the Fljótstungu cave but it´s famous and said to be well worth the detour. They offer short trips like for an hour an longer tours (3-4 hours). It also is a nice place to spend the night, the surrounding is beautiful and the cottages they offer are nice enough.
If you happen to do the tour in the end, please let us know what you thought of it.
Another cave which has easy access and is worth exploring is Vatnshellir on Snæfellsnes. It´s at the west of Snæfellsnes, close to Arnarstapi. Here is the homepage of the company that organizes the trips to the cave. www.vatnshellir.is
Along the ring road, places to see puffins needs to be done through whale watching, like in the north from Húsavík or in the south from Vik as well as in Borgarfjörður eystri you can sometimes see them in land without having to go out on a boat. I do recommend Borgarfjörður eystri, it´s a beautiful place.
If you are doing your round trip in two weeks, this is certainly a good place to stop and spend the night. It´s a beautiful fjord with a small cozy town and there are plenty of hiking trips available around it. But there are maybe not plenty of things to do more then hike, see the town and the puffins so one whole day with a night, I would say was plenty.