Whatever you may think about the ice cover, what is so far clear is that we have not yet established an uptrend. The loss has been huge but it also seems to have bottomed as well and conditions are so far stable.
It is thus fair to say since the precipitous decline which landed us here in 2012 we have held flat. Some navigation remains possible but otherwise ill advised to challenge.
Conditions have returned to those of the Medieval warm period.