An adventure holiday in Greece including riding, white water rafting, hiking and higher up on the mountains also snow shoe walking… doesn’t exactly fit the picture of a holiday in Greece. But it certainly was a lot of fun!
Floating in the canyon.
On our way we took a short walk to an old chapel nearby. Our guide told us about the wonders of the nature. We paddled past a cave which was discovered in the 80’s. The researchers say it dates back to the Paleolithic Era in Greece 12 000 years ago. Some history…
The water temperatu is only 6 degrees Celsius but we had wet suits and shoes to keep us warm. Voidomatis river is one of the cleanest in the world. And the forel you get from it, just grilled with olive oil and a lemon juice is simply delicious!
We hiked in canyons and gorges. This is Vikos Gorge with Voidomatis river in the middle. They say it is much more beautiful when the spring comes or in the fall foliage – but for me it was great just like this.
The refuge is located at 1930 meters. I got a little bit desperate at 1800 meters when there still wasn’t any sign of it – or anything at all. The views at the top were a bit cloudy, we could hardly see each other. Only at 1900 m we could recognize a shade of something standing there. Astraka Refuge!
What a feeling to open the door of the refuge after several hours of climbing. A cup of hot tea with honey brought back the energies. In the summer time you can spend the night here. The price for a bed is 10 e.
A hot plate of chicken soup in Mikro Papigo village cafe was such a good ending for the hike.
We spent our last day in Epirus on snow shoes and were guided by a former ski champion Lefteris Fafalis living now in Metsovo. It was funny that he knew Finland better than an average Finn because of his ski career.
After long and sometimes also physically a bit challenging days it was lovely to return to this cozy, pampering hotel. I have been in many five star hotels but Grand Forest in Metsovo was a place where i really hope to return. Because of the view, good service, wonderful food… A perfect hide away.
Rafting images by Nikos Kyritsis ja Jari Eiro.
The activities were organized by No limits, a Konitsa based company specializing on nature and adventure sports.