Islands for Sale in Norway

Updated: August 03, 2022.

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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 9 private islands on the Norwegian market. The most affordable island on offer has a valuation of €200,000. Whilst the most expensive holds a €5,000,000 price tag. Acreage of said 9 islands ranges from 0.26 acres to 86.48 acres

9 Private Islands for Sale in Norway

Norwegian Private Islands in Numbers
Private islands for sale: 9
Mean island size: ~ 129,800 SQM (32 acres)
Mean island price: ~ €1,241,000 ($1,265,000)
Mean island square meter price: ~ €53.71 ($55)
Updated: August, 2022

1. Lille Røsholmen Island (€2.5M / $2.55M)


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  • Location: Kragerø archipelago, South Fjords, southwest of Oslo, south-eastern Norway
  • Size: ~3.57 acres, ~0.23 hectares
  • Description: 9km from Kragerø, 135km southwest of Oslo
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Lille Røsholmen is a ~3.5-acre gateway to Norwegian serenity – the island serves as the epitome of private freedom, with both access to the Skagerrak strait and proximity to Kragerø on the Norwegian mainland.

The natural bounty of Lille Røsholmen has long been capitalised upon, which leaves the property in prime condition for renewed investment. Alongside the main cabin on the island, an annex with additional living space, and a boathouse with adjacent wharf have been constructed. Upgrades throughout the existing builds are to be expected, but the foundations for a private haven have already been laid.

Summer months spent on Lille Røsholmen are sure to be well spent – investors can enjoy uninterrupted access to the island’s rocky cliffs, sand beach, and abundance of native flora.

Lille Røsholmen is listed for sale here.

2. Engelsøy Island (€5M / $5.1M)


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  • Location: Southeast of Moysalen National Park, Vega, Nordland, northern Norway
  • Size: ~64.24 acres, ~26 hectares
  • Description: 3km (5-minutes by speedboat) from Skarstad Port, 25km (4-minutes by helicopter) from Evenes Airport, 977km north of Oslo
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • 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.

Engelsøy Island is listed for sale here.

3. Halvøya Island (€292,000 / $298,000)


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  • Location: Sørungen Lake, Selbu, Trøndelag
  • Size: ~9.14 acres, ~3.7 hectares
  • Description: 800m from shore, 15km southwest of Selbu, 60-minute drive from Trondheim, 360km north of Oslo
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • 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.

Halvøya Island is listed for sale here.

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4. Bjørnøya Island (Price Upon Request)


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  • Location: Selsøyvik, Rødøy, Helgeland coast, Nordland
  • Size: ~69.19 acres, ~28 hectares
  • Description: 2km from Selsoya Island, 101km southwest of Bodo, 750km north of Oslo
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

As one of the largest properties on the Norwegian market, Bjørnøya Island is certainly deserving of attention. But the island’s size alone is not what defines it.

The ~69-acre property can be found near the Helgeland coast, an area characterised by rugged mountains and island archipelagos. As such, the coastline is often regarded as one of the most beautiful sailing routes in the world. Panoramic views of the surrounding peninsulas can be enjoyed from the island itself, for those that spend less time on the water.

Currently, Bjørnøya Island mostly finds purpose as agricultural land. The rest of the island consists of forestland and rocky areas. Bjørnøya does have potential for property development. But do note, construction on the island requires application, and prediction of success cannot be guaranteed.

Bjørnøya Island is listed for sale here.

5. Spjutøya Island (€201,000 / $205,000)


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  • Location: Lurøy, Helgeland coast, Nordland
  • Size: ~43.24 acres, ~17.5 hectares
  • Description: ~2km from Sleneset Port, 100m from Nord-Svolvær, 720km north of Oslo
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Spjutøya is another island with grand views of the Helgeland coastline. And again, much like Bjørnøya Island, Spjutøya comes without pre-existing development. The island does have a history of human habitation, but has remained unoccupied since the 1960s. Any construction on the island is strictly dependant on license agreements via various planning and building authorities.

As is, the island would be fit for agricultural purposes – low vegetation is all the covers the ~43-acre plot.

Proximity to active boating lanes is one of the island’s biggest assets. Sleneset is just ~2km away by boat, an island port with ample connections to the Norwegian mainland.

Spjutøya Island is listed for sale here.

6. Øyjordholmen Island (423,000 / $431,000)


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  • Location: Tverlandet, Helgeland, Nordland
  • Size: ~8.7 acres, ~3.5 hectares
  • Description: South of Sjunkhatten National Park, 26km east of Bodo, 848km north of Oslo
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Enjoyment of Øyjordholmen’s natural bounty dates back to 1955, when the still-existing cabin was built as a base of leisure on the island. Now, over 50 years later, the land’s allure remains, and calls for renewed investment.

Øyjordholmen should be seen, not only as a small pocket of Norwegian beauty in itself, but also as a gateway to the natural wonders of the wider Helgeland district in its entirety. Just a short journey north from the island is the protected Sjunkhatten National Park – a wilderness beloved for its trekking, boating, and alpine skiing opportunities.

Still, investors need not travel from Øyjordholmen to immerse themselves in rural tranquillity. The ~8.7-acre island features its own rocky shorelines, dense woodland, and thick scrubland – the surrounding waters also boast an abundance of life, and can facilitate a variety of leisure activities.

Again, it’s worth reiterating the existing cabin’s age. Capital will have to be injected into the property to bring it in line with modern standards – arguably, a worthy and rewarding investment.

Øyjordholmen Island is listed for sale here.

7. Almendingsbrørn Island (€900,000 / $1,020,000)


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  • Location: Brasøy, Herøy, Nordland
  • Size: ~86.48 acres, ~35 hectares
  • Description: ~1.70km from Husvær and Brasøy, 674k north of Oslo
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Almendingsbrørn’s story is one of a 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 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.

Almendingsbrørn Island is listed for sale here.

8. Hølondvegen 1682 Island (€403,000 / $411,000)


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  • Location: Ånøya lake, southwest of Trondheim, central Norway
  • Size: ~3.67 acres, ~1.49 hectares
  • Description: 680m from shore, 29km from Trondheim, 363km north of Oslo
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Ånøya, the lake that surrounds Hølondvegen 1682, has long served as a destination for rural adventure and outdoor leisure – its waters harbour an abundance of fish, the summer months bring conditions ideal for kayaking and swimming, and the surrounding landscapes offer a wealth of hiking opportunities. These natural resources have long been recognised, and served as the foundation for Hølondvegen’s initial development – in 1945 a primary cabin was built on the island, and several other annexes have been added since.

Fresh investment in the ~3.67-acre island would embrace these existing facilities, with the opportunity to inject further capital to renovate and modernise.

Still, the natural and existing assets of the land remain clear: ~3.67-acres of Norwegian land with panoramic access to further wilderness, a primary cabin with additional annexes and a boating wharf, fishing rights within the Ånøya lake area, native flora and fauna, and complete privacy by way of freehold ownership.

Hølondvegen 1682 Island is listed for sale here.

9. Skjeret 6 ‘Island’ Parcel (€200,000 / $204,000)


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  • Location: Tjeldstø, Vestland
  • Size: ~0.26 acres, ~0.1 hectares
  • Description: Alvøy, ~36km west of Bergen, 335km west of Oslo
  • Ownership: Freehold commercial plot
  • 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.

Skjeret 6 ‘Island’ Parcel is listed for sale here.

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