Photo by Lars Lindblom
|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|
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.