Written by : Fairuz
We live in a world where we are blessed with four seasons and there are different ways for us to enjoy each season. When we talk about winter, snow is the first thing that come across our minds. But, have you ever heard of icebreaker cruise? Icebreaker is a ship that specialized in creating a channel or passage through ice. Many countries provide an icebreaker cruise for people to ride and enjoy the icy scenery and Japan is one of the countries. The Sea of Okhotsk that lies in between of Hokkaido and the Russian island of Sakhalin provide the ideal condition for people to enjoy huge annual ice floes as Hokkaido is located at the southernmost spot in northern hemisphere which is the place where drift ice exists.
When you ride the cruise, you will have a hard time believing that you are on the ocean as all you can see is ice. While riding the cruise, you can observe how the icebreaker plough through the ice that have the thickness of one meter. Don’t take your eyes away from the ice as the movement of the icebreaker making a passage through the ice creates a magnificent scenery for you to enjoy. It is definitely can be considered as a once in a lifetime experience; to float on icy cold water and surrounded by endless ice. Sounds interesting, right? Well, that once in a lifetime experience is not far from reality as we, H.I.S Travel Malaysia, offer the opportunity for you to ride the icebreaker cruise with our winter optional tour!
There are two tours that offer the chance for you to enjoy the icebreaker cruise; Garinko Tour and Aurora Tour. So, what’s the difference between both of these tours? In the Garinko Tour, you will ride the Garinko-Go ship that uses the enormous power of big drills to break and roll on the drift ice. Meanwhile, the Aurora Tour allows you to ride the Aurora ship which has a different style of breaking the huge drift ice. The Aurora breaks the ice only by its weight without using any drills which means that Aurora is a bigger ship than Garinko-Go. Both of these tours have a few different varieties for you to enjoy other activities besides riding the icebreaker cruise.
For Garinko Tour, you can choose one of the below
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This course provides a Japanese Lunch box or bento. After the enjoying the Garinko-Go cruise, you will have a free time to visit other beautiful tourist spots that will surely make you feel excited!
Enhance your icebreaker cruise experience by watching it during sunset. The majestic scenery will leave you speechless. You will also have the chance to visit the Asahiyama Zoo and other facilities as well.
Enjoy seafood barbecue (Crab Legs, Okhotsk Atka Mackerel Fish, Scallop, Prawn), Rice Ball & crab miso soup after your icebreakers cruise and a visit to a few facilities specialized in seafood.
This course includes tasty freshness kaisendon (bowl of rice topped with Sashimi) and crab miso soup of Monbetsu area!
For the first-class car, the carpet’s design is based on “umiake”, the time in spring when drift ice leaves the coast of Eastern Hokkaido. The walls’ creme color is inspired by Hokkaido’s dairy products, while the cabin blinds showcase snowflake-pattern design.
Enjoy irresistible lunch consist of seafood barbecue (Hokke fish,Scallop,Prawn/rice bowl) & crab miso soup and a visit to a few facilities specialized in seafood.
This course included a speciality of Okhotsk area which is Ryuhyodon (Crabs, Shrimps, Ikura, Scallop) and a visit to a few facilities specialized in seafood.
After a wonderful experience of icebreakers cruise, you can visit the Sounkyo-Ice Fall Festival which will be full of ice sculptures that will be decorated with colourful lights that create a breath-taking sight.
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