Mount Olympus is known as the mountain of the gods. It is a land rich in Greek mythology and beautiful landscapes.
I spent two days with a Greek tour guide and a group of students from the American College of Thessaloniki hiking the highest Greek mountain (2918m/9577ft).
Here is a short description with photos of what the hike entails.
Day 1: 3 hour hike up to the refuge (2100m).
Chill in refuge with friends, play cards, and drink hot chocolate and wine around a fire. Watch the stars. Wander the mountainside at sunset. Sleep in a bunker with everyone.
Day 2: wake up early, have breakfast in the refuge, and then hike all day to the summit of mount Olympus.
This is when the hike got difficult and scary at times. But very exhilarating. The views were unreal.
At times we had to scale the side of the mountain as it got more and more steep. If you fell you would be a goner, only do this hike if you’re fit.
This was the first time I rock climbed with gear outside a gym.
Once we reached the summit, we had to hike down the mountain back to the bus.
Half of the group got lost from the tour guide (I was in that group…) After 2 hours and some panic attack’s we found the bus.
“They say that there [Mount Olympus] is the seat of the gods, ever secure: it is not shaken by winds or drenched with rain nor do snowstorms assail it, but always brightness is spread about it, without clouds, and a clear light plays about it. There the blessed gods take pleasure every day.” -The Odyssey
This hike was more difficult and more beautiful than I could have imagined. I have to say it’s one of the coolest things I did while living in Greece. I highly recommend doing it, but with a tour guide if you’re new to hiking. Spending this much time in nature and in constant motion is incredible for our overall wellbeing. A good hike every once in a while makes life come alive❤️
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