Header: Athos seen from the mountains near Stageira Sept. 2015

Athos Weblog

This is a personal weblog about Mount Athos, that started in 2006 as a preparation to a pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain. The emphasis lies on a photographical presentation and not, in the first place, on texts about Athos. In the past years the weblog expanded to a more general site about Athos, with diversified subjects about Athos history, books, art, food and wine etc. This blog should not be seen as a religious website, although it is part of our interest.

We have visitors from all over the world (127 countries, 23.500 visitors and 135.000 views in 2014, 154/35.000/190.000 in 2015). In 2016 we had 157.995 views and 36.539 visitors from 75 countries.
Feel free to make comments and ask questions.

Our last trip to Athos took place in September 2015.

Wim Voogd, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 10 visits to Mount Athos:  1980, 1986, 1989, 1997, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Below the routes we walked. In bold the places where we stayed overnight.

1980: Dafni -Karyes – Iviron, boat to Vatopediou, Sografou and Docheiariou

1986: Karyes – Filotheou – Karakalou, Timiou Stavrou – Lavra, Skiti Anni, Dionysiou, Karyes, Dionysiou

1989: Karyes, PanteleimonosDionysiou, Filotheou

1997: Docheiariou, Xenofontos, Panteleimonos, Dafni, Simonas Petras, Gregoriou, Dyonisiou, Paulou, Skiti Anna, Lavra, taxi to Koutloumousiou, hotel Karyes, Dafni

2007: Dafni, Skiti Anni, KafsokaliviaLavra, Skiti Profitou Eliou, Pantocratoros, Stavronikita

2009: Panteleimonos, Paleomonastiri, Karyes, Iviron, Mylopotamos, Filotheou, Dionysiou, Simonopetra, Stavronikita, Pantocratoros

2011: Karyes, Karakalou, Timiou Stavrou, Lavra, Skiti Prodromou, the top, Skiti Anna, Chromitsa

2013: Ierissos, Skiti Dimitriou, Bogoroditsa, Vatopediou, Esfigmenou, Ag. Basiliou, Chilandariou, Sografou, Docheiariou, Xenofontos, Panteleimonos

2014: Xenofontos, Skiti Profitou Eliou, Karyes,  Filotheou, Timiou Stavrou, Skiti Lakkou, Provata, Karakalou, Onoufriou

2015: Skiti Andreou, Maroudá, Simonopetra, Nea Skiti (2x), kelli Daniel, Koutloumousiou, Iviron, Karakalou, Stavronikita

Wim Voogd:

athos 2011 251Schermafbeelding 2013-04-27 om 15.45.38Schermafbeelding 2013-04-27 om 15.52.41Schermafbeelding 2013-06-02 om 10.13.23wim top 2011R0012095 (Large)wim in ouranoupolis2011wim sk annaearly in mylopotamospaleomonasteriSchermafbeelding 2015-01-14 om 19.08.00IMG_0535wim voogd

Herman Voogd, Haarlem, The Netherlands, 8 visits to Mount Athos.

1989 Dafni, bus to Karyes, Panteleimonos, Dafni, Simonas Petras, Gregoriou, Dyonisiou, Simonas Petras, Filotheou, Iviron, Karyes, bus to Dafni.

1997 Docheiariou, Xenofontos, Panteleimonos, Dafni, Simonas Petras, Gregoriou, Dyonisiou, Paulou, Skiti Anna, Lavra, taxi to Koutloumousiou, hotel Karyes, bus to Dafni

2007 Dafni, bus to Karyes, taxi to Morfonu, Lavra, Podromou Ag. Nilos, Kavsokalivia, top, Skiti Anna, Paulou

2009 Panteleimonon, Paleomonastiri, Karyes, taxi to Mylopotamos, Iviron, Stavronikita, Pantokratoros, Vatopedi, Esfigmenou, Chilandariou, Sografou, Konstamonitou

2011 Arsanas Sografou, Konstamonitou, Dochiariou, Xenofontos, Panteleimonos, Dafni boat to Gregoriou, Dyonisiou, Paulou, Skiti Anna, top, Skiti Anna

2013 Kavsokalivia, Ag. Nilos, Podromou, Lavra, taxi to Provata, Timiou Stavrou, Karakalou, Filotheou, Mylopotamos, Iviron, Koutloumousiou, Skite Andreiou/Karyes bus to Xiropotamou, Panteleimonos

2014/15 winter:  Gregoriou, Dyonisiou, Paulou, Nea Skiti, boat to arsanas Nelios and back to Dafni/Ouranoupolis

2015: Vatopedi (Athonite academy), Sografou, Chilandariou, Esfigmenou, Vatopedi, Pantokrator, Stavronikita, Iviron, bus to Karyes and Dafni, boat to Arsanas Simonaspetras, Simonaspetras, Gregoriou, boat to Kavsokalivia and back to Dafni/Ouranoupolis

Herman Voogd:

 athos 2011 263herman at konstamonitou arsanashv plus mounthv panteleimonoshv near zografou010herman in cafe in karyes2007050 Athos ontvangstruimte S. Petras 050a047 Athos - wandeltocht westen 047aSchermafbeelding 2015-01-19 om 18.13.14ierissos herman voogd

agia anna 1997

Thanks to Bas Kamps, Haarlem for his contributions to this blog.
Schermafbeelding 2015-01-12 om 23.17.39bas 1bas2Schermafbeelding 2015-10-17 om 13.14.08

Thanks to

Jacques     jacquesjacques stavrosSchermafbeelding 2015-10-17 om 13.18.12

Jitze           JitzejitJit bakker

Gert Jan   Gert JanSchermafbeelding 2015-01-15 om 00.02.22Schermafbeelding 2015-10-17 om 13.22.45

Bas             BasSchermafbeelding 2015-01-14 om 23.59.29Schermafbeelding 2015-10-17 om 13.14.54

Jaap          Jaapjaap3

and other fellow pilgrims,

PieterSchermafbeelding 2015-01-15 om 00.05.20 , FantaSchermafbeelding 2015-01-15 om 00.08.38, FredSchermafbeelding 2015-01-14 om 23.51.32,

Harry024 Athos - Chilandariou - de bibliotheek monnik, DouweSchermafbeelding 2015-01-15 om 00.06.46, Peterpeter,

Wilfredwinfried, MartijnSchermafbeelding 2015-01-14 om 23.47.45, LaurensSchermafbeelding 2015-01-14 om 23.46.49 and

NathanSchermafbeelding 2015-01-14 om 23.45.57

who travelled with us to the Mountain for their great companionship.

27 Responses to About

  1. Dragos says:

    Alasdair, did you find that path? The only way I know is to take the path from Grigoriou that goes under Simonopetra. How was your trip?

  2. I miss Mount Athos so much. In the period 2007-2013 I visited Mount Athos 9 times. It completely changed my life.
    Thank you for this wonderful blog. Now when I am far away from Mount Athos, it helps me to enjoy all endless Blessings that place has.

    One question, out of curiosity, are you an Orthodox Dutch?

    Greetings from London!


  3. ucetia says:

    Hello Wim. Planning my first visit to Mount Athos for early August of this year, I’ve come across your great blog. Very inspirational and a great ressource! Thank you. 🙂

  4. John says:

    Hi, I’m Norwegian, 64 years, are there some pats or places that can be recommended for me to go alone and is on Athos for the first time. Will there in June this year.

    • athosweblog says:

      Dear John, I have to answer your question with another one: what place on Athos is NOT to be recommended? Anything you will to do will give you “a once in a lifetime” experience. But starting in Karyes would be a possibility and a hike to Iviron is – to start with – breathtaking ! Then continue to either Lavra or Vatopedi, both directions offer many interesting places to visit and beautifull paths to hike!

  5. John says:

    Hi, Thank you for your quick and pleasant feedback. John G.

  6. christophe says:

    Hi all, I agree with the general fact that most of Athos, whether architectural, atmospherical, natural is fantastic and most monks really nice and helpful. However I would strongly recommend not going to the Lavra if you are not orthodox (or at least catholic), or just to have a visit during the day (the monsatery itself is beautiful). I have been continously insulted by a couple of monks who stalked me everywhere I went. Other monks would either laugh or just not react. That happened not so long ago to italian friends of mine in the same place.

  7. John says:

    Hello, and thanks for the info. I was thinking of going to Vatopedi. Hope it goes fine and that may be welcome.

  8. christophe says:

    I have been twice to Vatoupedi and both times were fantastic ! maybe you will even have the chance to chat with a monk who speaks your language.

  9. John says:

    Hello, and thank you for your feedback . Is the easiest way to send fax to request accommodation in Greek when I only speak Scandinavian and English ?

  10. John says:

    Hello, this page does not exist

  11. John says:

    Hi, I think you misunderstood a bit, I thought when I shall consult the monasteries I will stay on. It is easiest via fax?

  12. christophe says:

    for vatoupeidi and simonopetras, emailing is very easy and quite fast, I recommend doing that.

  13. athosweblog says:

    Vatopedi = filoxenia@vatopedi.gr
    simonopetras = hospitality@simonopetra.gr

    the correct link = http://www.athosfriends.org/documents/ReservationForm.pdf

    Try to book as soon as possible after your reservation at the pilgrimsbureau, but do expect it might take some effort before some of the monasteries react (they tend not to answer very quickly). Also try calling them early in the morning (after service between 8-9).

  14. Hello, searching in web for information about Mount Athos, I noticed your blogspot which is remarcable due to the experienced descriptions and photos, it looks so authentic! Congraτulations!
    I own a small hotel in Ouranoupolis (www.pansionathos.gr) and I would like to contact with you and exchange any information Mount Athos …
    Thank you
    Marily Egyptiadou

  15. Hello,
    I’m from a film team, that has made a documentary about Mount Athos for cinema.
    Over three years our team joined the monk’s daily life, climbed the summit of the Holy Mountain and celebrated several festivals and processions as well as a priestly ordination in a big monastery (Pantokrator). With the blessing of the head of the Orthodox Church, the oecumenical patriarch Bartholomew I., the team even had permission to take aerial shots with the special Cineflex camera of the whole peninsula.

    I want to ask you for help. We want to reach as many people as possible with the film.
    It would be superb, if you could post something about our film on your blog and maybe on facebook. I would provide you with everything needed.

    Thanks a lot!
    Konrad Buschke

    • athosweblog says:

      Hi Konrad, we already payed attention to your new Athos film in post nr 1813! And a member of the Athosweblog team is in contact with your producer to try to get the documenary to a cinema in Amsterdam. I hope he will be able to manage this, because we would be very pleased to show it here in Holland. I would be glad to help you in any way to promote your film. Special pictures or images for another post on my weblog would contribute, if you have any, please sent it to me: w.voogd@upcmail.nl. Regards, Wim

  16. don Eduard says:

    Many thanks for this weblog. I enjoy it!

  17. Willy says:


    Next month we go to Athos for the 2° time.
    We intend to go to Lavra from Karyes.
    A question: is there a poss. to go with a bus or taxi to Lavra ?

    A solution ? Has anyone an experience?

    Greets and thanks,

    Willy Lievens

  18. Willy says:

    Thanks, so no problem to get to Lavra.
    I know its a bit expencive, but we are 4 pilgrims, so!…

    Thhank you for the quick reply.

    Willy Lievens

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s