When it comes to visiting Iceland in winter, many visitors prefer to stay in Reykjavik and do day tours from there. One very popular tour is an evening hunt for the northern lights. The northern lights or Aurora Borealis, next to the golden circle, have become one of the main attractions during winter. These northern lights tours usually take about 3-4 hours and therefore are limited to Reykjavik and its proximity.
This is why joining a longer tour may enhance your chances to see the lights. Longer tours including accommodation outside the city give the not only the chance to see the lights but also to experience the country side from another perspective.
Staying away from Reykjavik you are away from the city’s light pollution which allows you to see the lights even if the conditions are not ideal. Also in the worst case that you do not see the lights you still get to experience the landscape and sights along the way.
You will during the day see waterfalls, geyser and Iceland´s beautiful nature. Like this you cover Iceland´s main attractions during the day with the same guide instead of multiple guides by different companies. Afterwards you check into your accommodation for the night where you can get comfy and have dinner. After dinner your guide will take you out to see the lights if the conditions are good, or even better you get to see the auroras directly from your hotel. This is truly unique to just walk out of the hotel after dinner perhaps with a warm beverage in your hand and see the lights dancing in the skies.
So if you have the chance you should look for tours which include accommodation.