Salomon Freeski TV kicked off its eighth season of its web series today, with an episode titled Iceland. In light of the recent tragic events in Patagonia involving JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson, SFTV decided to debut the season with this installment featuring Fransson, as well as dedicate it to the two fallen skiers. In the episode, Fransson, Chris Rubens and Mark Abma take on the youngest land mass on earth, with Fransson making a first descent of Skidadalur in northern Iceland, a moment that tugs at the heartstrings.
Leslie Anthony, who was on the trip, stated, “I was lucky to experience the positive energy that Andreas Fransson brought to everything he did. He was a doer, a philosopher and an adventurer of a different kind. On one of our last days in Iceland he dragged me out to a hot dog stand on the streets of Reykjavik. He didn’t eat meat and I hate hot dogs, but he insisted we go because ‘It’s in the guidebook for Reykjavik. Everyone goes there. It’s been there 70 years. We have to.’
So we go and get so lost in the harbor area that a woman who runs whale tours takes pity on us and drives us to the hot dog stand. We wait in the requisite line and eat these disgusting wieners slathered in mystery condiments and the whole time I’m waiting to see if Andreas will even be able to choke it down. But, three bites and it’s gone and he declares ‘That was Awesome!’ See you my friend.”
A moving beginning to season 8 of SFTV, for sure.