Winter Hike to Petrostrouga refuge at 1.940m. on Mt. Olympus
About The Place
Mount Olympus is one of the most famous and revered mountains in Greece, known for its rich mythology and stunning natural beauty.
Geographic Location: Mount Olympus, often referred to as “Olympos” in Greek, is situated in northern Greece, near the eastern coast of the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Olympus Range, which is a prominent mountain range in the Balkans. The mountain straddles the border between the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia.
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, with its highest peak, Mytikas, reaching an elevation of 2,918 meters and Skolio peak at 2.909 meters above sea level.The mountain features rugged and dramatic terrain with steep cliffs, deep gorges, and numerous rock formations, making it a challenging destination for hikers and climbers.
According to Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was considered the home of the twelve Olympian gods, including Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and Athena. It was believed to be the dwelling place of the gods, where they held their divine council and observed the mortal world.
Flora and Fauna: The surrounding area of Mount Olympus is rich in biodiversity. The lower slopes are covered in lush forests of beech, oak, and pine trees, while alpine meadows and rocky terrain dominate the higher elevations. The mountain is also home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, wild boars, and various bird species.
Mount Olympus offers a network of well-maintained hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. The most popular trail is the E4 European long-distance path, which leads to the summit of Mytikas. The mountain attracts climbers from around the world, with challenging rock faces and routes suitable for experienced climbers. The surrounding area also offers opportunities for mountain biking, with trails that wind through the foothills and nearby villages.
The town of Litochoro, located at the base of Mount Olympus, serves as a popular starting point for hikers and climbers. It offers accommodations, restaurants, and access to the Enipeas Gorge. Near Mount Olympus, the ancient city of Dion is an archaeological site that once housed temples and theaters dedicated to the gods. It offers insight into the region’s historical and cultural heritage.
Much of the area around Mount Olympus is protected as Olympus National Park, designated to preserve its natural beauty and ecological significance.
Mount Olympus is a majestic and culturally significant mountain in Greece, known for its mythological importance, stunning natural scenery, and outdoor recreational opportunities. It is a place where mythology and nature converge, attracting visitors from around the world to explore its rugged beauty and rich history.
This activity is ideal:
For those who want to get to know the mountain of the Gods in winter from a beautiful alternative route
For those who want to take their first steps in winter hiking and an introduction to the use of winter equipment (crampons)
For those who want to enjoy a different expedition to Mt. Olympus with the safety and quality offered by our expert team
- 6 to 7 Hours
Embark on an exhilarating winter hike to the renowned Petrostrouga refuge, nestled at an impressive altitude of 1,940 meters in the majestic realm of Mount Olympus.
Step into a winter wonderland as you traverse the snowy trails that lead to this mountain sanctuary. The crisp mountain air fills your lungs, invigorating your senses and awakening a sense of adventure within you.
As you ascend higher, the landscape transforms into a pristine snowy paradise, with glistening white peaks stretching as far as the eye can see. The snow-capped trees stand tall and proud, their branches delicately adorned with a blanket of shimmering snowflakes.
The journey to the Petrostrouga refuge is both challenging and rewarding. Each step brings you closer to the heart of the mountain, where you’ll be greeted by the warmth and comfort of the refuge. Inside, the cozy atmosphere provides a welcome respite from the winter chill, allowing you to rest and refuel surrounded by fellow adventurers and the enchanting beauty of the snow-covered landscape.
From the refuge, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding winter wonderland. The awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped peaks, rugged cliffs, and frozen valleys create a truly unforgettable spectacle that will leave you in awe of nature’s grandeur.
Embrace the serenity of the winter landscape, as you take in the silence interrupted only by the gentle crunch of snow beneath your feet. This winter hiking expedition to the Petrostrouga refuge promises an extraordinary experience, immersing you in the splendor of Mount Olympus during the colder months.
What to Bring
Waterproof hiking boots
Hat – gloves
Your own personal water bottle
Hiking poles (optional)
English speaking Mountain Guide
Safety equipment (spikes-trekking poles)
- Very good physical condition
- Ages: 16+ (Children accompanied by their parents)
- Meeting Time 07.30
- End of the activity 17.00
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