Myticas 2.918m – Scala 2.882m – Skolio 2.904m

“the mystical world of the gods”

Mytikas, 2.918m closer to heaven

Only birds fly higher than Mytikas, the highest of Olympus’ peaks. It and the other slightly lower summits – Skolio, Stefani, Skala and Prophitis Ilias – make up this massive range, often veiled in clouds. But when they part, there is no more dazzling sight than these dramatic natural spires boldly outlined against the deep blue firmament. After all, one of the meanings of the word Olympus has, since Homer’s days, been ‘shining’.

In the realm of the gods

As Homer described the shining palace of the gods of Ancient Greece, “Olympus was not shaken by winds nor ever wet with rain, nor did snow fall upon it, but the air is outspread clear and cloudless, and over it hovered a radiant whiteness.” (Odyssey, VI, 41) This whiteness inspires present-day climbers, too. With the proper equipment (and a bit of determination), any reasonably fit person can reach the top, slowly but surely, one step at a time.

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The soul of the Northern Mountains