The Atlantic front East of Spitsbergen is also advancing Northwards. It is probably the slowest overall refreeze since 2012. There is likely some freezing but also a great daily variance in extent due to floating snow and possibly some melting, needing to be identified in specific areas. But here , the Eat Siberian bite seems unstopped in its ever slow advance, JAXA 15 to 29 September 2018 , the 15th being the messiest at the top left corner.
September 26 to October 1, amazing NASA captured melting at edge of Equinox North Pole darkness on what is the continuing advance of water towards the North from the East Siberian Sea quadrant, with strong evidence of melting:
These Goodbye Waves, the last phase of sea ice to water, changed in structure day by day September 29-30 and October 1, it was also certainly a mix of fusion physics requiring presence of a ship confirming and observing this directly.