Pindus Mountains

Spylia 2011 Expedition to Vikos–Aoös National Park

August 22, 2011 / Greece, Europe

Italian cavers from Trieste and Gorizia have recently returned from an expedition to the Pindos mountains of Vikos–Aoös National Park in northern Greece.

During the 12 day long trip to Vikos–Aoös National Park, in the province of Zagoria, the team of fourteen cavers explored, surveyed, took samples from and photographed 44 new caves. One of the most striking discoveries on the trip was a sinkhole 150 meters (492 feet) deep.

The expedition, entitled “Spylia 2011”, was organized by Club Alpinistico Triestino and Centro Ricerche Carsiche Seppenhofer di Gorizia with Studi Carsici AF Lindner di Ronchi dei Legionari (GO). It took place in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Culture, with SELAS Athens and the Hellenic Speleological Society, with financial support from the Municipality of Trieste.

The Italian group was welcomed by the authorities of Zagoria and Vikos–Aoös National Park which were given the preliminary results of the research, and in turn the cavers were invited to return to continue to explore this part of Greece, in which very little is currently known.

Spylia 2011 [CaverInfo]

Photo by Bogdan Giuşcă

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