Islands for Sale in Norway

Latest listing added: February, 2023.

Halvøya Island, From Mainland
Credit: Halvøya Island | Finn

The glacial history of Norway has led the country’s waters, both inland and coastal, to be inundated with isolated pockets of land. By Norway’s own definition, over ~239,000 islands populate the Nordic territory – this number includes any land mass that covers an area of 10-square-meters at high tide. Alternative sources credit Norway with having roughly 50,000 islands within its seas and fjords. Regardless, only an estimated 2000 of these islands are inhabited.

Norway is a country of many climates – a fact owed to its the latitudinal length. Generally speaking, though, due to the presence of the Gulf Stream, Norway enjoys a far milder climate than other nations of a similar latitude. Still, northern regions of the country, particularly those inland, can experience harsh temperatures during the winter. The valleys in Norway’s south-eastern regions are the warmest year-round.

Islands in Norway are commonly sold as freehold investments – granting full ownership to the purchaser. The alternative is for islands to be sold as leasehold – ownership is contracted for a number of years, and can be renewed. Leasehold sales are infrequent.

We’ve scouted 6 private islands on the Norwegian market. The most affordable island on offer has a valuation of €160,000, Whilst the most expensive holds a €5,000,000 price tag. Acreage of said 6 islands ranges from 0.26 acres to 86.48 acres

6 Private Islands for Sale in Norway

Norwegian Private Islands in Numbers
Private islands for sale: 6
Mean island size: ~ 113,000 SQM (28 acres)
Mean island price: ~ €1,016,000 ($1,095,000)
Mean island square meter price: ~ €45 ($48)

Engelsøy Island (€5,000,000)

  • Location: Southeast of Moysalen National Park, Vega, Northern Norway
  • Size: ~64 acres, ~26 hectares
  • Description: 3km (5-min by boat) from Skarstad Port, 25km from Evenes Airport
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • Development: Non-developed
  • Listed on: Vladi Private Islands
  • Map: See on Google Earth

Engelsøy Island offers itself as a gateway to some of Norway’s greatest natural wonders. To the northwest sits the Møysalen National Park, a glacial landscape that has remained largely undisturbed by human activity. Then, to the west are the Lofoten Islands, a mecca for any and all outdoor adventure activities – hiking, climbing, kayaking, skiing, Arctic surfing.

But Engelsøy’s worth does not just come from its proximity to these renowned landscapes – it’s a property that has rightfully earned recognition through its own natural bounty. Formerly a bird sanctuary, Engelsøy has long been home to sea eagles, hunting falcons and a wide variety of indigenous wildfowl. Sea otters and moose have also been known to take up residence on the island.

Between proximity to Norway’s finest landscapes and its own indigenous fauna, Engelsøy Island is nothing short of a nature lover’s dream.

Myraholmen/Hølondvegen Island (€315,000)

  • Location: Ånøya lake, southwest of Trondheim, central Norway
  • Size: ~3.8 acres, ~1.5 hectares
  • Description: 680m from shore, 29km from Trondheim, 363km north of Oslo
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • Development: Developed
  • Listed on: Finn
  • Map: See on Google Earth

Escape to the tranquil haven nestled within the tranquil waters of Ånøya lake in central Norway. This idyllic destination offers a peaceful retreat from the hectic pace of everyday life.

Embrace the wonder of the great outdoors and let your spirit soar with a wealth of activities available to you. Cast your line and fish in the pristine waters, set sail on a boating adventure, hike through lush landscapes, or simply bask in the sun while enjoying a picnic.

The stunning scenery and serene atmosphere make the island a perfect destination for a romantic getaway, a peaceful retreat, or a memorable family vacation. Come, immerse yourself in the serenity and beauty of this magical place.

Litjeholmen Island (€225,000)

  • Location: Senja Kommune, Rossfjordvatnet
  • Size: ~4 acres, ~1.7 hectares
  • Description: 70m from shore, 8km NE of Finnsnes, 50km southwest of Tromsø Airport
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • Development: Small cabin
  • Listed on: Finn
  • Map: See on Google Earth

Nestled in the heart of the Norwegian countryside, Litjeholmen is just a short distance from the charming town of Finnsnes and conveniently located near the bustling city of Tromsø and its airport. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, this island is the ideal location for those looking to reconnect with nature and escape from the stresses of modern life

The island offers the perfect environment for outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, boating and swimming. The surrounding Rossfjordvatnet provides a stunning backdrop for a picnic by the water or simply lounging on the sandy beaches. With its friendly community and breathtaking beauty, this island is a place you’ll never get tired of.

Skjeret 6 ‘Island’ Parcel (€180,000)

  • Location: Tjeldstø, Vestland
  • Size: ~0.26 acres, ~0.1 hectares
  • Description: Alvøy, ~36km west of Bergen, 335km west of Oslo
  • Ownership: Freehold (Commercial)
  • Development: Developed, needs renovation
  • Listed on: Finn
  • Map: See on Google Earth

Though not an island by conventional metrics, or when viewed alongside properties like Bjørnøya, the Skjeret ‘island’ parcel boasts noteworthy commercial potential – hence it being highlighted at the foot of this article.

In its current condition, the plot houses a disused fish hall that has gradually fallen into disrepair.

However, framework permission for a new apartment building to be constructed on the land already exists – a detail that grants the ‘island’ significant potential. As such, there is scope for outside investment to see through the plans to build rental properties and capitalise on the plot’s prime location.

Almendingsbrørn Island (€160,000)

  • Location: Brasøy, Herøy, Nordland
  • Size: ~86.5 acres, ~35 hectares
  • Description: ~1.70km from Husvær and Brasøy, 674km north of Oslo
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • Development: Small cabin
  • Listed on: Rede Eiendom
  • Map: See on Google Earth

Almendingsbrørn’s story is one of farming. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the island became the epicentre of a burgeoning agriculture and fishing business. Come the 21st century, Almendingsbrørn is no longer used and occupied. However, the value of the land remains.

The ~86-acre island stands as the largest private island on the Norwegian market – most of said acreage is covered by miscellaneous, low vegetation. Almendingsbrørn’s flat nature further adds to the island’s agricultural appeal.

In accordance with Herøy municipality rules, any desired development on the island requires a successful application. Do note, well-founded applications hold a higher chance of approval.

Almendingsbrørn’s closest settlements can be found on the neighbouring Husvær and Brasøy island peninsulas.

Halvøya Island (Off Market)

  • Location: Sørungen Lake, Selbu, Trøndelag
  • Size: ~9 acres, ~3.7 hectares
  • Description: 800m from shore, 15km southwest of Selbu, 60min drive from Trondheim
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • Development: Developed
  • Listed on: Finn
  • Map: See on Google Earth

Halvøya Island is a property from which to enjoy the very best of the Norwegian outdoors.

The island itself a premium example of Norway’s natural majesty. Spruce and birch woodlands cover much of the island’s interior, with rock and sand beaches marking the perimeter. Inland, amongst the trees, mushrooms and berries can be found and foraged.

Adventure opportunities continue beyond the island too. Hiking routes are plentiful in the summer, whilst winter brings a bounty of ski trails to enjoy. Sørungen Lake, and the surrounding waterways, are also prime fishing locations – trout and char are numerous.

A cottage, annex, and outdoor storage building already stand on the island. The building is currently powered by solar panels, but there is potential to install electricity on the island.

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