This blog is about my travels. At home in New Zealand, in other parts of Oceania, North, Central and South America and in Europe.
From Litochoro I took an overnight but to Istanbul, Turkey, where I would fly out. Sadly I didn't have a lot of time to spend in Turkey, but I still got to see some amazing things. We arrived at the border between Greece and Turkey at about 4:30am, and got to hear the Muslim call to prayer as the light started to grow on the horizon.
While I saw there I went to the former Royal palace and saw the famous blue mosque.
The Blue mosque was also beautiful. I would have liked to spend more time in Turkey. Maybe I will get a chance to go back and explore some more one day. It was still a wonderful glimpse into an amazing country.
From Meteora I took the train again and headed to the small town of Litochoro near Mt Olympus. I had recently finished a book about greek mythology, (written by Stephen Fry) which frequently mentioned Mt. Olympus the home of the gods and goddesses. My hostel was also right next to the beach, so it was a short walk to go for a swim in the beautiful Aegean ocean.
I got things organised and headed up the start of the track. My destination was the lodge on route to Mt. Olympus where I would spend the night. On my way I saw some beautiful views, and also a drove of donkeys.
I headed on up and got to the lodge. It is in a beautiful spot with views across the Aegean ocean. The lodge is also huge and incredibly well organised. There is a menu with all sorts of options. I had pre-booked my spot in the lodge, which is important because it is very popular!
The next morning, bright and early, everyone in the lodge rustled awake, had breakfast, and started on heading up the mountain. It was a beautiful day, fine and clear, perfect for a climb up the legendary mount Olympus!
It didn't take much heading upwards to get out of the bushline above the lodge, and there were beautiful views of the Aegean ocean in the distance.
I headed on up to the second highest peak on Mt Olympus, Skolio (2,911m), getting to this point had been a straightforward walk upwards. The views from the summit are just stunning.
The highest peak, Mitikas (2,917m), on Mt Olympus, also known as the throne of Zeus, is harder to get to. It is a rock climb, and has bolts and anchors for people that want to use ropes to climb it. The conditions were very good, so I felt confident climbing it by myself. I'd hired a climbing helmet from an outdoors store the day before to protect myself from any falling rock.
I popped my helmet on, had a drink of water and some snacks and off I set, carefully climbing up to the high peak.
I climbed on up and got to the summit. As I arrived, so did a guide and his two clients. There was also a Greek flag at the summit, it is the highest point in Greece.
There are some nice places to sit on the summit, so I had a few snacks and a drink and enjoyed the view. I headed back down from the summit, and got to the town just in time to drop off my climbing helmet. I also got back to my hostel, right next to the sea in time to swim in the ocean just as the sun was setting above the peak high above that I had climbed earlier in the day.
I am a traveller from New Zealand. My blog is to inform friends and family about my adventures. I hope you enjoy it!