There are nine refuges operating on Olympus to date, meeting the needs of visitors, hikers, walkers, climbers and mountaineers on annual basis. Additionally, there are six more refuges, called necessity refuges, at pivotal points along the main routes to the peaks of Mount Olympus.
Refuge Α or Spilios Agapitos Refuge
Ιt belongs to theHellenic Federation of Mountaineering & Climbingand it is situated at an altitude of 2.060 m, at the location “Balkoni”. The refuge was built in 1930 and it is used as a woodcutters hut ever since
It operates as a mountain shelter since the 1950’s whereas currently it constitutes the second largest shelter in our country, as a result of many years of effort not only on the side of the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering & Climbing but mostly on the side of Kostas Zolotas, keeper of the shelter for more than 50 years. It sleeps 110 people and it provides a fully equipped kitchen, restaurant, toilets and bathrooms. It also provides rescue services, and a heliport.
It operates from the mid of May to the end of October.
Contact numbers: 2352081800-81839
Hellenic Hiking Association Refuge “Giosos Apostolidis”
It was named after Joseph (Giosos) Apostolidis, who is responsible for the establishment of many new routes leading to the Plateau of Muses. Giosos Apostolides died after falling from Mytikas Louki on May 4th 1964. The monument built in the honor of Giosos Apostolides lies a few meters from the refuge.
The refuge is located at an altitude of 2.697 m. in the gap between the peaks of Tumba and Profitis Ilias and it is a property of the Hellenic Hiking Association of Thessaloniki. It sleeps 80 people and it has a fully equipped kitchen, restaurant and toilets. It operates from the beginning of June to the end of October, and the rest of the year following consultation with the operators. In the winter, the shelter’s antechamber remains opened at all times as a necessity refuge.
Contact numbers: 2351082840 – 2310224710 (Σ.Ε.Ο. Θεσσαλονίκης) – 6939777064 (Nikos Tsavdaris) – 6948043655 (Lazaros Botelis)
Refuge C “Christos Kakkalos”
It is located at the eastern edge of Mouson Plateau at an altitude of 2.648 m and it has been named after Christos Kakkalos, who made the first recorded ascent to Mytikas, the highest peak of Olympus, on 2 August, 1913. Christos Kakallos led the expedition of the Swiss Daniel Baud-Bovy and Fred Boissonnas.
It sleeps 23 people and operates from the end of May to the end of October, as well as in the winter (from December to April).
Contact number: 6937361689 (Michalis Styllas)
It is built in a wonderful forest of beech trees and perennial bushes at an altitude of 1.950 m., and it is operated by Hellenic Rescue Team. It has can accommodate up to 90 people, and it has been recently renovated thanks to the voluntary contribution of HRT members. The shelter constitutes a base especially for winter ascents, since it remains opened all year long. For the summer months there are available new climbing routes to a near rock, giving climbers the opportunity to exercise their favorite sport.
Those who are interested may gather more information regarding Petrostrouga Refuge on Mount Olympus and make reservations by contacting the Secretariat of the Central Administration of HRT at number 2310-310649 or by email at email@example.com, You may also contact shelter’s administrators, Nektarios Parmakis (6977 246350) and Tilemachos Aigyptiadis (6948 821513).
Refuge B or “Vrysopoules” or “KEOAX” Refuge
It is located on the south side of Mount Olympus at an altitude of 1.800 m., above Mavratza Gorge. It may accommodate 25 people. The refuge is located within the MountainSkiWarfareTraining Center (ΚΕΟΑΧ) of Hellenic Army Special Forces. Therefore, it is required to notify the military base in time in case of upcoming reservations, by contacting number 2493062163 or 2493023467 Hellenic Skiing and Mountaineering Club of Elassona.
The refuge constitutes an ideal base for mountaeineering ski towards Megali Gourna and the peaks of Kalogeros, Agios Antonios and Skolios. No blankets are available at the refuge.
Koromilia Leptokarya Refuge
Brand new refuge with a capacity for 16 people, at the location Koromilies Leptokaryas, built at an altitude of 950 m. The access to the shelter is facilitated through a dirt road. No equipped kitchen and permanent keeper available. (Information: Municipality of Eastern Olympus, Contact Number: 2352031242).
Krevatia Vrontou Refuge
It is located at an altitude of 950 m., with a capacity for 20 people and excellent view to the northern side and the steep slopes of the mountain. It serves as a base for many hiking trails, towards the lower parts of the mountain and the peaks.
Apart from hiking trails, there are also mountain bike trails and sport climbing routes. It operates every weekend all year long. (Information: Management Agency of Olympus National Park, Contact Number: 2352083000 and Municipality of Dion-Olympus, Contact Number: 2351351000). Contact Number of the Keeper: 6978278548
Refuge D, “Stavros”, or “Dimitrios Boundolas”
Located at “Stavros”, at an altitude of 950 m, along the way from Litochoro to Prionia. It has been named after Dimitrios Boundolas, one of the best Greek alpinists of the 1980’s, who was killed in an avalanche in October 1985 at Annapurna South of Himalayan.
It has a capacity for 30 people and it provides a fully equipped kitchen and restaurant. It offers an amazing view to the plain of Pieria and the sea. Throughout the summer months, it is open all the time as well as on holidays and weekends all year long. The surrounding landscape is ideal as a take off point for hang-gliding.
Contact Number: 2352084100
Koromilia Dion Refuge
This new refuge with a view to Thermaikos Golf is located at an altitude of approximately 1000m. Access to the refuge is facilitated through a forest road from Agios Konstantinos as well as through the path that crosses Orlia Gorge. Petrostrouga Refuge as well as Mouson Plateau are also easily accessible from the refuge. The refuge also facilitates canyoning in Orlia Canyon.
The refuge is divided into two floors, and it is equipped with 17 beds separated into 3 rooms (4-5-8), it faces east, it is sunny and rather warm. Around the refuge, there is also plenty of room for tents.
Contact Number: 6945661104-6975573009
These refuges are small buildings that can be used in the winter in cases of emergency. They simply offer a shelter and in some of them, there are beds. The capacity of these refuges in terms of visitor numbers are purely indicative and in cases of need, they may provide shelter for more people. These refuges are used only in cases of emergency.
Livadaki-National Park Outpost
“Ano Pigadi” Refuge
This Refuge is located at an altitude of 1.417 m and has a capacity for 18 beds. It is equipped with a fireplace, a wood-burning stove and a kitchen. Access by car is facilitated from Agios Ioannis in Litochoro or from P. Leptokarya (dirt road 19.5 or 22.5 km.). The refuge is a property of the Hellenic Hiking Association in Leptokarya.
“Kostas Migkotsidis” Refuge
Starting from “Vrisopoules”, where ΚΕΟΑΧ (Hellenic Special Forces Training Camp) is located, and after 2½ hours of intense ascent to an altitude of 2.450 m stands the necessity refuge “Kostas Migkotsidis”. This refuge was built in 1981 by 735-ΔΣΕ (Military Works Directorate) of EU-OHQ (1ης Στρατιάς) and on the 1st of April 2006 it was renamed to “RESERVE SERGEANT (NAVY) MIGKOTSIDIS KOSTANTINOS REFUGE” in the memory of the unfortunate climber and commando who lost his life at Kazania, Olympus, on 2 February 2006. This small necessity refuge is equipped with nine military dormitories, a heating stove, wireless, two small benches, and some stools.
“Agios Antonios” Refuge
In 1961 the School of Physics and Mathematical Science of the University of Thessaloniki founded this building on the peak Agios Antonios, to operate as a Scientific Center – Weather Station, for the study of Olympus climate and for weather observations.
The building operated only in the summers and it could be used as a necessity refuge in case of an emergency. Foundation excavations brought to light random pieces of marble sculptures and stone slabs, remains of pottery, copper coins as well as a golden coin. The station operated for 18 years. Today it serves as a necessity refuge.It is equipped with first aid supplies by the Hellenic Rescue Team.
“Christakis Hut” Necessity Refuge
It is located at “Megali Gourna”, at an altitude of 2.550 m along the route of the path Ε4, Kokkinopilos-Skala.
“Livadaki” Necessity Refuge
At the location “Livadaki” (2.100 m), just below “Simaioforos” peak (2.382 m) stands a small necessity refuge available for an overnight stay only after consultation with theHellenic Mountaineering Clubof Litochoro . The refuge is equipped with fireplace and may accommodate maximum 5 people. Water is taken from an outdoor rainwater tank that is not always clean. The refuge was founded in 1955 by the Forest Department.
“Salatoura” Necessity Refuge
At the location “Salatoura” (1.850 m.), over “Mavratza” Gorge, stands an old fire-lookout tower with a capacity for six people. The abandoned fire-lookout tower at Salatoura, Olympos, was transferred to the Hellenic Resque Team by the Fire Department of Elassona and the Forest Department of Larisa for the purpose of its reconstruction and reopening as a fire-lookout tower and necessity refuge. It is located on an edge leading to “Kitros” peak (2.416 m.). The refuge is equipped with a kitchen, toilets, water, heating, telephone.
Information:Skiing Mountaineering Club of Elassona
Information:Skiing Mountaineering Club of Elassona
It is a popular area for exploring and hiking for those who would like to admire its rich fauna and flora, see the stunning backdrop of its dramatic landscapes, and for those enamored with ancient Greek mythology. Tucked within the gorge of Enipeas lies the historic St. Dionysios Monastery of Olympus.Where is Olympus currently located? ›
Mount Olympus, Modern Greek Ólympos, mountain peak, the highest (9,570 feet [2,917 m]) in Greece. It is part of the Olympus massif near the Gulf of Thérmai (Modern Greek: Thermaïkós) of the Aegean Sea and lies astride the border between Macedonia (Makedonía) and Thessaly (Thessalía).Can you do Mount Olympus in one day? ›
Note: You can climb Mount Olympus in one day if you are fit!
If you are ready for a 10-hours hike of around 20 km with at least 2200 meters of elevation gain, find out the fastest way to get on top of Mount Olympus.
- warm clothes layer (MI)
- base layer.
- rain shell.
- hiking socks.
- bandana / hat.
- boots / trail runners (MI)
- camp shoes.
The town of Litochoro comprises the eastern gate of Mount Olympus and through the Aegean motorway is spaced 90km from the city of Thessaloniki and 420km from Athens, where the biggest airports of Greece are located.Can you drive up Mount Olympus? ›
Hiking or Climbing Mount Olympus
You can also drive part way up, to the National Park parking areas at the head of several trails. A full trek on to the Mount Olympus massif takes two to three days and involves staying overnight in one of the trail refuges as well as stamina, good balance and a head for heights.
There were twelve Greek gods and goddesses who lived on Mt Olympus: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Demeter, Hermes and Hestia.Can a beginner hike Mount Olympus? ›
The ascent up Mt. Olympus is challenging and is considered a Class III climb. For the most part, you will be facing scrambling over loose rocks. There is also some exposure, so be aware of your surroundings and move carefully.Do they provide towels at Mount Olympus? ›
The Indoor Water Park provides Towels for Resort Guests but the Outdoor Water Park you would need to bring your own towels to.Is Garden of gods a lot of walking? ›
The walk from The Visitor and Nature Center to the central “garden” is 10 – 15 min. It's a city park, it's free, and its landscape I stunning. If you are short on time, you can drive the loop, stop for photos.
- Wear a swimsuit. ...
- Wear something comfortable. ...
- Check the restrictions beforehand. ...
- Pack extra clothes (and a beach towel!) ...
- Try a rash vest. ...
- Wear flip flops. ...
- Don't forget the sun cream.
Take with you a light windproof jacket or cotton sweater, just in case. A hat is also good for wind protection. Shorts or trousers are better options then skirts or dresses. The extra top layer is also important for evening or night crossings.Does Mt Olympus have a pool? ›
Outdoor Lounge Pool. Over A Half A Million Gallons Of Water. 50 Foot High Waterfall. Room To Play For Over 4,000 People.Can you see the ocean from Mount Olympus? ›
Elevation: 7,962 ft / 2427 m
From the summit we should be able to see the Pacific Ocean and the jagged complex of the Olympic Mountains.
Mount Olympus typically takes two days to climb, with a night spent in a mountain refuge along the way. The majority of Olympus isn't a technical mountain to hike, but the finale can be tricky.Is there anything on Mount Olympus? ›
In Greek mythology Olympus is the home of the Greek gods, on Mytikas peak. The mountain has exceptional biodiversity and rich flora. It has been a National Park, the first in Greece, since 1938. It is also a World Biosphere Reserve.What is coming to Mt Olympus in 2022? ›
History will be made in the 2022 water park season; Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park is opening the very first SlideWheel® in the Western Hemisphere.How long would it take to walk up Olympus Mons? ›
Climb Olympus Mons
That would require gear to keep climbers warm at near -100°F, a full complement of oxygen (the Mars atmosphere has almost 200 times less O2 than Earth's), and enough rations and equipment to sustain a 72,000-foot climb (likely six months to a year).
Children three and under do not need wristbands.Who is the 12 goddess? ›
In ancient Greek religion and mythology, the twelve Olympians are the major deities of the Greek pantheon, commonly considered to be Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Hermes, and either Hestia or Dionysus.
The Ancient Greeks worshipped many gods and goddesses. Many of the gods were part human, which meant they were not perfect! They were immortal, though, which means they would live forever. Ancient Greeks believed that the twelve most important gods lived on Mount Olympus.Is Olympus considered heaven? ›
Olympus is not heaven for Homer makes Poseidon say that he rules the sea, Hades the dead, and Zeus the heavens, but Olympus is all three. It contained a town, built by Hephaestus, and its entrance was a great gate of clouds kept by the Horae (the seasons).Why do people visit Mount Olympus? ›
Every year, thousands of hikers visit Mount Olympus for a glimpse of the majestic viewpoints experienced through the ascent to Mytikas, the pinnacle, peaking at 2,918 m. A most popular gathering spot is the village of Litochoro, a picturesque small town built at the foothills of the mountain, on its east side.Is Mount Olympus or Noah's Ark better? ›
As an all round summer escape, Mt Olympus is more complete. If you are looking for a day or two of water park awesomeness then Noah's Ark is the better bet.What is special about Mount Olympus? ›
It is one of the highest peaks in Europe in terms of topographic prominence. In Greek mythology Olympus is the home of the Greek gods, on Mytikas peak. The mountain has exceptional biodiversity and rich flora. It has been a National Park, the first in Greece, since 1938.Is Climbing Mt Olympus worth it? ›
I totally recommend this hiking trail, scenery is amazing, air is clean and refreshing. There are few place of interest in the trail: Agios Dionysios Monastery, Enipea waterfalls. All trail is amazing!Do people still believe in Greek gods? ›
The majority of modern historians agree that the religion practiced by the ancient Greeks had been extinguished by the 9th century CE at the latest and that there is little to no evidence that it survived (in public form at least) past the Middle Ages.Can humans go to Mount Olympus? ›
Can humans go to Mount Olympus? Yes, hikers and climbers can go up Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece.Is Mount Olympus like heaven? ›
Olympus is not heaven for Homer makes Poseidon say that he rules the sea, Hades the dead, and Zeus the heavens, but Olympus is all three. It contained a town, built by Hephaestus, and its entrance was a great gate of clouds kept by the Horae (the seasons).Does Mt Olympus have a sauna? ›
Mt Olympus Resort
They have the pool, sauna, bar, and restaurant closed, forcing you to get in the car and go to their…"
This Wisconsin Dells hotel is connected to Medusa's Indoor Water Park. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a TV. All rooms include a private bathroom with free toiletries. Rooms will provide guests with a microwave and complimentary water.What is the best day of the week to visit the Ark Encounter? ›
Whole we can't recommend the best day to go, we recommend going early and plan on being there all day. The off season sees smaller crowds but know that not everything is open. During the week there are a lot of tour buses bringing in groups and the weekends see more families.What two things is Mt Olympus known for? ›
Olympus was notable in Greek mythology as a home of the 12 Greek gods. The nine Muses, daughters of the god Zeus, were traditionally placed in the region of Pieria, at the mount's northern foot. Olympia was thought of by the Greeks as a metaphorical place as well as the physical mountain.How much does it cost to climb Mount Olympus? ›
Taking a guided hike up Mount Olympus is a wonderful way to make the most of your experience. You can expect to spend anywhere between €150 to 569 depending on the length of your trip, what is included, and the size of your group.Why is it called Olympus? ›
Olympus - the mountain where gods and goddesses live. In Greek mythology, Mt. Olympus is the home of the twelve supreme gods and goddesses. Olympus was named after this mountain to reflect its strong aspiration to create high quality, world famous products.Can beginners climb Mount Olympus? ›
About the Hike: To dispel any myths, you don't need to be in tremendous physical shape or have a lot of hiking experience to ascend Mount Olympus. Most people make the trip an overnight excursion, and many beginners make the full ascent.How hard is the walk of the gods? ›
If leaving from the village Bomerano, hiking the Path of the Gods is a pretty moderate hike as it is mostly downhill. The trail is about 4.7 miles (7.5 km) and descends about 500 meters. As mentioned earlier, the hike takes roughly 2-4 hours to complete.