Skip the typical resort getaway. With these volunteer vacations, you’ll travel to incredible far-flung places and do awesome things for a good cause.
Volcanology in Iceland
Iceland is a literal hotbed of seismic activity and magma flow. Through Earthwatch Institute, you can help create maps documenting the minor disturbances volcanoes cause beneath the earth's surface, essentially giving scientists a heads-up on possible future eruptions. From the glacier-capped Vatnajökull volcanoes in the south to the ever-active Krafla volcano (one of Iceland's most spectacular) up north, you'll tramp across flat flood plains and lunar-like landscapes recording your finds.
You Need: 7-14 days. ($1500; govoluntouring.com)
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