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Gap Year in Iceland

Iceland maybe your only earthly chance to experience something extraterrestrial. Why, with the sun shining bright at midnight, the celestial wonder of the night skies changing colors in fluorescent shades of green, violet, and red because of the northern lights, the earth split asunder into gigantic tectonic plates, diamond beaches, and other-worldly strange landscapes, you will feel like you are dreaming of a world of high fantasy. And as soon as you think you might wake up, unusual creatures of perfection like sea whales with bird beaks and flawless puffins will recapture your imagination. Iceland is like a pocket world that is extreme in all its natural phenomena and so nonpareil in its beauty that you will have a hard time believing if it’s even real.

After getting completely overwhelmed with a stupendous sightseeing in Iceland, if you are still left with any spare time, then you can go hiking to glaciers, sailing to lagoons, snorkeling between tectonic plates, soaking up Geysir Hot Springs, visiting national parks and waterfalls, and hoping to see a volcano explode. No matter how much you explore Iceland, it will never fail to startle you with a sweep-you-off-your-feet surprise.

General Questions

Iceland is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Iceland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. If you are not from the U.S. then visit here.

It's entirely up to you! You can choose to explore this destination solo or bring along your favorite people and wander around with them. If you want to come in a group of more than 5, then we can also provide you with some customized packages plus amazing discounts.

You might arrive here alone at first, but later you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Iceland with us now, then you can join our Facebook Group and chat with your fellow travelers!

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, or eating out while traveling in Iceland. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 50-60 USD per week is more than sufficient excluding the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Iceland, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t get suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises. 

Iceland is one of those countries where the weather can change instantly no matter what time of year you visit it. So, it is smart to pack layers so that you can modify your clothing for a range of temperatures while your packing is light.

Most Icelandic people speak English very well, you will be fine. Their native language is called Icelandic and they speak French, German, and Dutch too.


GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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