Abashiri’s roadside station “Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri” is adjacent to the Abashiri River and is also a river station.The drift ice sightseeing boat Orola takes passengers on a cruise from the Abashiri River to the Sea of Okhotsk, breaking up the drift ice as it goes.When I went on February 26, 2022, there was a limited time sunset cruise going on.For an hour before sunset, I could see the mysterious drift ice changing from red to blue.
Cruise ship Orola leaving Abashiri River
From Abashiri River to the Sea of Okhotsk
Drift ice tinted pink
The sun sets and the ice floes turn blue
Sea with drift ice extending to the horizon
The Orola returning to the roadside station after the cruise