Orlias canyoning - Olympus, Greece (2017)
Updated: Feb 25
The mountain of the Gods in Greece, Olympus, apart of the hiking opportunities has also a few beautiful canyons. One of them is "Orlias" which offers two canyoning circuits, a long and a short one. In this post we followed the short circuit. The team was organized by Hellas Canyon. It was a nice -and humid- day, we met at the meeting point and started walking up the trail towards the canyon. The same trail takes you towards the shelters in order to go for the summit.
After a nice hike we reached the starting point. Had a short rest and geared up. It was such a great and refreshing feeling to be inside the cold water and was getting really excited for the 1st waterfalls and rappels.
Further down the canyon we reached our first slide! You throw your bag down the basin and then you can either slide down the waterfall or jump!
This canyon was really enjoyable and lots of fun because it offered many places for water games and jumps like the waterfall above. After you rappel down you could climb up the rocks on the right and jump down again!
At some point the team leaders created a flying fox, we would fly backwards and facing the sky splashing ourselves in the water!
Our last spot and exit point was a waterfall close to the car park, due to the easy accessibility there were quite a few people enjoying the scenery and bathing in the natural pool. I wonder what they thought when our small neopren group appeared out of nowhere at the top of the waterfall and started jumping and rappeling down...
The whole experience was so much fun, once we finished I wouldn't mind hiking up again and start all over again! The water was very clean, the landscapes stunning and the whole team, from the team leaders to my fellow canyoners, were all wonderful. I left that day dreaming of more canyoning!!
GPS coordinates for places in this post, click on them to be redirected to the exact point in google maps. Click on the names to be redirected to their official websites (if applicable).
Hellas Canyon website: https://hellascanyon.com/en/
Carpark, start of the trail to go up and close to the waterfall which marks the end of the canyon: 40°09'04.2"N 22°26'20.8"E
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