4X4 off Road Tour Olympus
About The Place
Mount Olympus stands as a preeminent and venerated peak in Greece, renowned for its profound mythological legacy and awe-inspiring natural allure.
Concerning its geographical location, Mount Olympus, often referred to as “Olympos” in Greek, occupies a position in northern Greece, in close proximity to the eastern shoreline of the Aegean Sea. It constitutes an integral part of the prominent Olympus Range, which forms a significant segment of the Balkan mountain system. Furthermore, this imposing mountain straddles the boundary delineating the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia.
In terms of its physical attributes, Mount Olympus claims the distinction of being the loftiest mountain in Greece, boasting the towering Mytikas peak, which ascends to an impressive elevation of 2,918 meters, while the Skolio peak reaches a remarkable 2,909 meters above sea level.
The mountain’s topography is characterized by its rugged and dramatic features, marked by precipitous cliffs, deep ravines, and an abundance of striking rock formations. Such terrain renders it a magnetic but formidable destination for intrepid hikers and climbers.
Within the realm of mythology, Mount Olympus occupies a central role, revered as the abode of the twelve Olympian deities, among them Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and Athena. This hallowed mountain was believed to serve as the locus of the divine council’s gatherings and a vantage point from which the gods observed the affairs of the mortal realm.
The surrounding expanse of Mount Olympus teems with biodiversity. The lower slopes are lushly adorned with verdant forests comprised of beech, oak, and pine trees, while the higher elevations are characterized by alpine meadows and rocky expanses. A diverse array of wildlife calls this mountain home, including deer, wild boars, and a myriad of avian species.
For enthusiasts of outdoor pursuits, Mount Olympus offers an extensive network of meticulously maintained hiking trails. The preeminent among them is the E4 European long-distance path, which leads intrepid explorers to the summit of Mytikas. Climbers hailing from across the globe are drawn to the mountain’s challenging rock faces and routes tailored to those possessing substantial experience.
Additionally, the surrounding vicinity provides opportunities for mountain biking, with trails that meander through the foothills and neighboring villages.
The town of Litochoro, ensconced at the mountain’s base, serves as a favored point of departure for hikers and climbers. It provides a variety of lodging options, dining establishments, and access to the captivating Enipeas Gorge. In proximity to Mount Olympus lies the ancient city of Dion, an archaeological site that once housed temples and theaters dedicated to the gods. It offers profound insights into the historical and cultural heritage of the region.
Significantly, a substantial portion of the region encompassing Mount Olympus enjoys protected status as Olympus National Park, a designation crafted to preserve the mountain’s intrinsic natural beauty and ecological significance.
In summation, Mount Olympus represents a majestic and culturally resonant pinnacle within Greece, celebrated for its mythological import, breathtaking natural vistas, and a wealth of recreational opportunities for enthusiasts of the great outdoors. It stands as a nexus where myth and nature harmonize, beckoning visitors from across the globe to immerse themselves in its rugged allure and storied history.
Admire the beautiful forest of Kokkinopilos
Passing among the pine and fir forest, full of streams, springs and fountains
stops in Tsoureka and Papazisis fountains
Short hike to the Megala Kazania caves
- 5 Hours
Prepare yourself for an extraordinary off-road adventure that will unveil the hidden treasures of the northwest foothills of Olympus. These remote and stunning locations offer a captivating glimpse of the mythical mountain’s majestic peaks, beckoning you to embark on a magical journey into its lesser-known side.
Our expedition commences with a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Kokkinopilos, situated at an impressive altitude of 1,100 meters. As we meander through this picturesque village, the towering peaks of Olympus cast their spell upon us, seemingly suspended in the sky above. Continuing our quest, we venture along a rugged dirt road that leads us to Xerolaki, immersing ourselves gradually in the captivating forest of Kokkinopilos.
Within this verdant tapestry, we are greeted by babbling streams, natural springs, and charming fountains, each contributing to the symphony of nature. The scent of pine and fir permeates the air as we traverse this enchanting landscape, encountering meadows adorned with a vibrant kaleidoscope of wildflowers, offering breathtaking panoramas overlooking the majestic mountain.
Our journey carries us further as we approach the renowned fountains of Tsoureka and Papazisis, a moment to pause and refresh ourselves with the crystal-clear waters that flow forth. Here, in the embrace of nature’s beauty, we find solace and serenity.
But our expedition doesn’t end there. We now turn our attention to the road that leads us to the captivating yet untamed area of Xerolakiou. It is here that Olympus reveals its full grandeur, showcasing the three towering peaks of Mitikas (2918m), Skolio (2911m), and Stefani (2908m) against a backdrop of unparalleled splendor.
As we follow the road, our journey takes us to the entrance of the Nahum Caves, a natural gateway to the awe-inspiring Megala Kazania. Here, we leave our vehicles behind, ready to embark on a captivating hike that will bring us closer to the mysteries hidden within these ancient caverns.
What to Bring
A pair of hiking shoes or sports
Your own personal water bottle
English speaking drivers/guide
Special “passport – info guide” for Litochoro village, including discount in selected shops
- No Limitations
- Meeting time 09.00
- End of the activity 14.00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds