Mount Olympus

Photo of Mount Olympus

Photo by Iubasiu Mihai, uploaded by Mihai Iubasiu

Details

Elevation (feet): 9,570
Elevation (meters): 2,917
Continent: Europe
Country: Greece
Range/Region: Greek-Albanian Ranges
Latitude: 40.0833
Longitude: 22.35
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun
Year first climbed: 1913 (first recorded)
First successful climber(s): D. Baud-Bovy, F. Boissonas, K. Kakalos
Nearest major airport: Thessalonika, Greece
Convenient Center: Litochoro, Greece

Description

Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece. It is located near the east coast, where it gazes out to the Aegean Sea. Its character is that of a massive ridge, rising in rugged precipices to a broad snow-covered summit. According to Greek mythology, Olympus was the home of the Olympian gods. Homer was among the early poets who described the summit as a place with wondrous palaces, where gods spent their days being entertained by the Muses. More recently, Olympus was a strategic post for the British in World War II. It was here that they and the Commonwealth forces staged an unsuccessful attempt to thwart the approach of the Germans, who invaded Greece in defense of their defeated Italian allies.