The municipality of Nordfold was established on 1 January 1906 when the old municipality of Nordfold-Kjerringøy was split into two new municipalities: Nordfold and Kjerringøy. Initially, Nordfold had a population of 1,485. On 1 January 1964, Nordfold municipality ceased to exist. Most of Nordfold was incorporated into its neighboring municipality Steigen. The remainder of Nordfold (the eastern Mørsvikbotn district surrounding the Mørsvikfjorden) was transferred to neighboring Sørfold municipality. Prior to the merger, Nordfold had a population of 1,212.