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Abashiri Sightseeing Icebreaker Aurora

4-5-1 Higashi, Minami-3jo, Abashiri 093-0003, Hokkaido
+81 152-43-6000
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Like plowing through a giant slushy

First, I have to qualify this review by acknowledging that I have seen major ice floes in... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Los Angeles, California
Highlight of trip so far

We took this cruise 2 days before the cruise stops for the season. It was very interesting inspire... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“ice breaking” (3 reviews)
“sea eagles” (3 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
4-5-1 Higashi, Minami-3jo, Abashiri 093-0003, Hokkaido
+81 152-43-6000
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

First, I have to qualify this review by acknowledging that I have seen major ice floes in Antarctica. If you haven't had that experience, I think this would rate higher. As it was, when we were there in February, it was snowing and grey and...More

1  Thank Travelfan
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We took this cruise 2 days before the cruise stops for the season. It was very interesting inspire the majority of the ice was gone. We were still able to see how the ship breaks through ice and saw a Minke Whale. Would like to...More

1  Thank D D
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

So lucky that we did at the day was cold enough with lots of drift ice during Aurora sightseeing. It's amazing and great feel when the special ship break the ice. Must visit .

1  Thank Kinki25
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Our tour group Signet Tours took us here, was very crowded, but so worth the view! We were lucky just had a big Siberia storm came a few days before the excursion. The whole sea was frozen, filled with floating ice, so beautiful! The icebreaker...More

1  Thank bobolee55
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We were lucky that the floes were only 50 metres away from where the boat was decked. So it was "ice breaking" all the way as soon as the boat started its journey crushing through the ice drift! If you stay at the rear of...More

Thank mamamia0
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

The boat is quite big, can carry more than 300 people. Stay on the left/right of 2nd floor to see the boat hitting on iceberg up close. roof top is nice,but can we a bit too windy

Thank May L
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Perfect sunny day, tones of sea eagles. Great day out. The sea ice had gone out about one mile since yesterday but was still only a ten minute ride before we reached it. We also did the cruise out of Monbetsu both highly recommended.

1  Thank bradleyd618
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This winter time activity (January to March) is truly a great experience of sailing amongst the drift ice that gathers from the Okhotski Sea. The Aurora is a specialised vessel that takes you out of the harbour and right into the ice floes. While it...More

Thank kyw20152015
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

You can see and feel ice floe if you are lucky only in this time of year. It definitely deserves 3300 yen. It is extremely cold, but very refreshing. Awesome!!! これは凄い。この流氷体験は、この時期に網走に来たら絶対トライすべし。期間限定かつ運が良ければ、3300円の価値大あり。

Thank Tamura S
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We drove all the way to Abashiri from Asahikawa just for the sake of drift ice, however it turned us down as there was no drift ice on the day we were at Aurora cruise ship. We were expecting there would be a lot of...More

Thank sendo7
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10 February 2016|
Response from JR J |
You can check satellite photos of drift ice at its facebook (search for this name in facebook 流氷観光砕氷船おーろら). It is updated daily though in Japanese (Google translate does better job than Facebook engine).