Ísgerðr was born in Niðaróss. Her mother was taken there by her father from Orkney. A raiding warrior as well as a farmer, her father taught her to defend the home with both a bow and an axe while her mother taught her to spin the wool of sheep, weave cloth on a warp-weighted loom and weave trim with cards. She also taught her how to construct garments and items from cloth and from animal skins. She proved rather skilled in her craft and made sails and banners for her father and his fellow raiders. Emboldened by her father, when it was time to leave the home she sought the adventure of a new life and opportunity in the West by joining Jarl Ingvar’s company abroad.