The peak in this view is known as the throne of Zeus (also called Stefani for those with less respect for Greek mythology). It is a glacial arete, arcuate in shape, formed by the scouring of the mountain on both sides by ice pack some 12,000 years ago. The “Throne” is a comfy near-kilometer in length and just about 100 meters thick. This and the neighboring glacial horn of Mitikas (the actual highest point in Greece) stand above the Plateau of the Muses (~2300m) so that these glacial peaks themselves have topographic relief of around 500 meters and essentially are mountains on top of a mountain. Impressive glacial cirques are seen below the peaks both west and east.
I invite you to explore Olympos on this celebration of mountains day: since it’s a bit cold and snowy up there now, try exploring it on Google Earth: 40deg 05.350’N; 22deg 21.500.
For those who love glacial topography, I warn you that you might lose track of time exploring this mythic peak. Just relax next to Zeus on his throne, and put your feet up…
Photo by Anna Batsi